March 24, 2005
Front Page
One jail escapee returned; two held in Montana

By Karl Isberg and

Tom Carosello

Staff Writers

Three Pagosa Springs men who escaped from the Archuleta County Jail last week have been captured.

Two of the inmates await extradition, while one has already been returned to the county jail.

Stephen Victor Crouse, 23, and Jonathan David Jackson, 19, were apprehended by U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents Saturday morning as they approached a checkpoint at the Canadian border near Scobey, Mont.

They have since been arraigned in Scobey and, according to Archuleta County Undersheriff Bob Grandchamp, "have waived extradition and are expected to be transported back to Archuleta County the early part of next week."

A third escapee, 19-year-old Cody J. Dutton, was taken into custody Sunday afternoon in Commerce City, Colo. during a sting operation conducted after he was suspected of making contact with a relative who was also wanted by law-enforcement authorities.

Dutton, who has a substantial arrest record and had been jailed on a charge of criminal mischief, was transported to Archuleta County Tuesday night.

Crouse also has an extensive arrest record and had been jailed on a charge of aggravated vehicle theft, while Jackson's arrest record includes burglary-purse snatching and robbery. He had been recently jailed on a theft charge.

The three inmates were discovered missing at 9:30 p.m. March 17, and Grandchamp estimates the escape occurred at approximately 8:30 p.m.

The escapees were housed in a three-cell block, two in the same cell. Over an undetermined period of time, the inmates forced the edge of a rolled steel ceiling away from a wall above a bunk in one of the cells.

They used a stack of books to hold the edge of the ceiling away from the wall, made their way through the opening and used blankets from cells to lower themselves down a 25-foot airshaft.

"They somehow breached a rebar barrier in the shaft designed to prevent use of the shaft in an escape," said Grandchamp. "We are investigating how that was done."

Grandchamp also indicated inspections have been done and measures are being taken to ensure similar escapes can be prevented in the future.

Once they exited the airshaft, the escapees made their way through a garage then out an exterior door.

According to Grandchamp, when jailers discovered the escape, the facility was put into a lock-down mode, a head count was done to determine the total number of prisoners who escaped and the courthouse building in which the jail is located was searched.

All available county deputies were called in and were joined by members of the Pagosa Springs Police Department and the Colorado State Patrol.

A perimeter was established around the downtown area of Pagosa Springs as the investigation proceeded.

An active search involving all personnel went on until 2 a.m. March 18 and a lesser force continued the search throughout the rest of the night.

An all-points bulletin was issued to local and state law enforcement agencies as well as to agencies in neighboring states. That bulletin indicated the escapees should be considered dangerous and also indicated the possibility the suspects might head for Farmington, N.M. or Kingman, Ariz.

In addition, several vehicle thefts occurred nearby during the escape and search timeframe.

At the open of business March 18, a local garage reported three vehicles stolen. One of the vehicles, a Ford pickup, was recovered during the apprehension of Crouse and Jackson, along with bolt cutters, pry bars and approximately $300 believed to have been stolen from a veterinarian in Sheridan, Wyo.

A local motel also reported the theft of a vehicle the morning after the escape. That vehicle was found east of the downtown area, within a short distance of the garage from which the other vehicles were stolen.

Evidence taken from the vehicle has been processed, and suspected links with the escape are being investigated.

In conclusion, "We are conducting an internal investigation with the focus on determining exactly how the escape happened and what else we can do to thwart similar attempts," said Grandchamp.

As for whether or not reprimands for jail staff are in order, Grandchamp stated the investigation "is not necessarily aimed at assigning blame."

However, "Associated disciplinary action will certainly be taken if we determine someone had been negligent," said Grandchamp.

 Woman, 48, charged in cocaine investigation

By Richard Walter

Staff Writer

A Pagosa Springs woman was arrested by town police March 17 on charges relating to the distribution of cocaine.

Diane Bruder, 48, was arrested on a warrant affidavit filed in Archuleta County Court by Detective Scott Maxwell.

She is being held in Archuleta County Jail on a $25,000 bond.

Investigation into the case began several months earlier when police received a tip from a concerned citizen.

The arrest warrant was for charges of distribution of a controlled substance, criminal attempt, and money laundering.

Maxwell said the latter statute in Colorado makes it a class three felony for anyone to receive or acquire proceeds or engage in transactions involving proceeds derived from violation of state laws regarding controlled substances.

The statute also makes it a class three felony for anyone to give, sell, transfer, trade, invest, conceal or transport anything of value which was intended to be used for the purpose of committing or furthering the commission of a violation of controlled substance laws.

Auto theft warrant

An arrest warrant has been issued for Shawn Thomas Brown for aggravated motor vehicle theft, a class three felony, in a case where leads in a separate narcotics investigation identified him.

The case stems from an October 2004 theft of a pickup truck from a residence on South 8th Street. The vehicle was recovered a few weeks later near Bayfield with extensive damage. It was towed back to Pagosa Springs where key evidence was collected from the vehicle.

Maxwell said officers followed a trail of leads with information obtained during a narcotics investigation that led to the issuance of a warrant for arrest of Brown.

The 22-year-old suspect was a resident of Pagosa Springs at the time of the theft but has since left the area and is believed to be in Illinois.

Anyone with information on Brown's current whereabouts is encouraged to contact the Pagosa Springs Police Department.

 Trucker's seatbelt saves life in pass crash

By Richard Walter

Staff Writer

An Oklahoma driver hauling a load of 2x4 cut lumber escaped serious injury March 17 when the truck rolled and the load dumped on a curve above the San Juan Overlook on Wolf Creek Pass shortly after 8 a.m.

The driver, Scott C. Wingfield, 28, of Shawnee, Okla., who was wearing a seatbelt, sustained some injuries but state police said the use of a belt likely prevented more severe injury.

The investigating officers noted the driver, at some point, lost control of speed of the westbound truck and "the truck subsequently become a downhill runaway."

Just short of the lower runaway ramp near milepost 161, the accident report said, the driver failed to negotiate a sweeping left curve.

The truck and trailer rolled over onto its top, dumping its entire load over a widespread area of highway and surrounding shoulders as it slid over 300 feet to a stop in the roadway.

Officers said the fiberglass cab of the truck was completely sheared from its chassis.

State Patrol officers said the cause of the crash is believed to be a combination of driver inexperience in mountain driving and possible problems with brake adjustment on the vehicle.

The driver, after removal from the cab, was transported by Pagosa Rescue vehicle to Mercy Medical Center in Durango.

The 47-foot 1999 Freightliner semi was owned by Robison Transportation of Shawnee, Okla.

Troopers said the driver was not cited.

Emergency dispatchers received a number of calls about the incident from passersby and from others who stopped at the scene because lumber was covering the roadway. The pass was briefly closed during the cleanup effort and then temporarily reduced to one lane.

 Health department issues hantavirus alert

Mouse Population up: Wet winter seen as causative factor

San Juan Basin Health Department is currently investigating a probable case of hantavirus pulmonary syndrome in a male La Plata County resident.

Hantavirus is caused by exposure to the feces and urine of deer mice, and is most commonly transmitted by breathing contaminated dust particles. It cannot be passed from person to person.

Due to a wet winter, conditions are ideal for large mouse populations and southwest Colorado residents are reporting seeing more mice indoors than normal for this time of year.

When cleaning potentially contaminated areas or trapping mice, the following precautions should be taken to minimize exposure:

- Use only spring-loaded traps for trapping mice indoors. Do not use poison or live traps.

- Spray the area, including areas with mice in traps, with a solution of 1/2 cup bleach to 5 cups water (a 1:10 dilution); leave it to soak for 15 minutes.

- Wear rubber gloves. Well-fitted masks or respirators may give added protection.

- Double bag all materials, including dead mice, in plastic bags and seal. Dispose of sealed bags, gloves and masks in an outdoor garbage can.

- You may vacuum soaked materials with a wet vacuum, but do not vacuum dry material.

- When finished, wash hands thoroughly with soap and water.

For further information, call the La Plata County Infoline at (970) 385-4636, Ext. 2224, San Juan Basin Health Department at (970) 247-5702, or visit the Web site at


 Inside The Sun
Ignacio bridge project closes Colo. 151 through mid-August

Archuleta County travelers who regularly use Colo. 151 for trips to the Sky Ute Casino in Ignacio and for the bypass to Bondad Hill and northern New Mexico need to allow themselves some extra time through mid-August.

The State Division of Highways is constructing a new bridge over Los Pinos River in downtown Ignacio and Route 151 is closed in both directions at that point.

Eastbound traffic is being rerouted to Ute Street and westbound traffic to Bear Dance Road.

 A look at 9Health Fair screenings

and special agency information units

By Pauline Benetti

Special to The SUN

Saturday April 2 is the date!

Be at the Pagosa Springs High School 8 a.m.-noon to take advantage of the best deal you can get for your health's sake.

Whatever else you are doing, put it aside and make your health a priority. Over 200 volunteers, both medical and non-medical, run this event. Organizations that support it include local service groups such as the Rotarians, Lions, local businesses, Colorado Mounted Rangers, the Town of Pagosa Springs and Archuleta County.

Effective traffic control is key to a successful operation. Our 500 to 700 fairgoers must be moved quickly and smoothly through the different stations. This is the job of the folks in orange vests who have a big responsibility and with it the authority to give people directions. Should you be on the receiving end, please follow instructions.

Rules they are sure to enforce: 1) you must be 18 or older to participate; 2) no food or drinks (except water in a clear nonbreakable covered container) allowed; 3) the order of entry into the blood draw area is by the number found on your registration and these numbers will be posted where you can see them.

You will also see some folks with ribbons pinned to their shirts; these too are in positions to assist. Look to any of these folks if you have questions or special needs.

This year the 9Health Fair will again offer a snack bar with a selection of nutritious snacks for a quick bite to eat for those who have been fasting. This means you do not need to rush home after having your blood drawn but can take advantage of all the other screenings and information available to you.

The Lions Club will collect used eye glasses for distribution to those in need. The Cerebral Palsy Association will collect used printer cartridges -- both inkjet and laser - and cell phones. So bring any of these along if you have them.

If you can arrive mid-morning you will avoid the early line. Visit our 30 different medical, interactive and learning centers for different types of health screening or health education - all available at no cost to you. Also available is low-cost blood chemistry analysis ($30) and Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA) testing for men ($25), ColoRectalCare kit is $5.

The blood chemistry analysis is one measure of your overall health, though by itself offering neither diagnoses of nor treatment for any specific disease. The analysis covers heart, thyroid, muscle & bone, pancreas, liver and kidney, blood, electrolytes and for men prostate if they pay for the PSA test. PSA testing measures a protein produced by the male prostate gland; an elevated value is not always an indicator of prostate cancer but should always undergo further evaluation.

Here are some special instructions for taking the blood chemistry analysis:

- You must fast for 12 hours with these exceptions: Drinking water is highly encouraged and tea or coffee is permissible if served without sweetener or cream. Those on medication should take their scheduled medicines as usual. Diabetics should not fast. If you enjoy late snacks, eat your last meal or snack a little later than usual and arrive later in the morning.

- If you are planning on having blood work, please wear loose clothing, short sleeved shirts, or shirts/blouses with loose fitting sleeves.

Screenings are not a substitute for a physical examination and no diagnosis will be provided; however, everyone will have the opportunity to talk with a health care professional once they have collected data from their screenings. Here is what is available to you.

Finger stick blood glucose screening:

New this year, this test is designed for the person who is high risk for diabetes but has not yet been diagnosed. The screening is available to the first 100 applicants who qualify via a few screening questions. It involves using a lancet to prick the side of a finger to obtain a drop of blood, which is put on a reagent strip designed to give an accurate blood sugar measurement. You must be fasting for 12 hours for the results to be accurate. If you know that you are high risk for diabetes, be sure to take advantage of this screening.

Blood pressure: High blood pressure is called the 'silent killer' for it has no symptoms until serious medical problems arise, such as a stroke, heart attack, or blindness. If you have not had yours measured lately, do it at the Health Fair, even if you do not plan to have your blood drawn.

Colon cancer screening: Learn about colorectal screening. Kits are available for $5. The Colorectal kit is a "take home" easy to use kit. Volunteers will be on site to answer questions and show you how to use the kit.

Breast cancer screening: Women of all ages should visit this station to learn proper self-examination techniques. Self-examination has been proven to be the best procedure for early detection of this deadly disease.

Vision acuity screening: Have your near and far distances vision evaluated and determine if your corrective lenses (contacts or glasses) are adequate.

Hearing: Do you think your spouse 'mumbles' at you all the time? It could be your hearing is the problem. Get it checked!

Height and weight: Are you within the norm for your sex and build? Visit this station and see if or where you need to improve. Helps to identify those participants who are 20 percent over/under weight.

Body in balance screening: Are you steady on your feet? Physical therapists assess body position, strength and flexibility with the goal of identifying physical problems and discussing the prevention of physical injuries. Do this!

Oral screening: Have a professional examine your mouth and provide you with information on oral health. This is a must.

Lung function screening: Be tested on the Respiratory Peak Flow or the Spirometer — in addition to receiving information on sleep apnea. Don't miss!

Ask a pharmacist: OTC, herbal, prescription drugs, supplements - bring a list of names and dosages or just throw all into a bag and bring to this table. A pharmacist will be on hand to review what you are taking to see if they are in conflict. Don't miss this either!

Bone density screening: Questionnaires will be available to help determine your risk for developing osteoporosis - questionnaires are from National Osteoporosis Foundation. Let's stop a problem before it gets worse.

Skin fold measurement: Should you be building body muscle? Assess body composition by determining the percentage of body fat.

Talk with a health professional: Professionals confidentially review with you the results of your screenings and discuss any concerns you have.

Here is a list of educational centers: Sometimes all we need is a little information to help us establish a healthy life style.

San Juan Basin Health: Visit the Colorado Women's Cancer Control Initiative, preventative care and home health needs learning center - information available on health related issues.

American Cancer Society: Be sure to pick up the free literature that may help save your life. Forms will be available for those needing monetary assistance to obtain a mammogram and other assistance.

Vial for life: The vials that are handed out could save your life. Use the vial to store a list of the medications that you are taking; should an emergency arise that list could help medical professionals provide the right care.

Veteran's services and Blue Star Mothers of America: Special information for special people.

Archuleta County Senior Services: Get the latest about what is offered to seniors at the Silver Foxes Den.

Sisson Library: A valuable community resource; learn what is available to you.

Southwest Center for Independence: We all want to remain self-sufficient as long as possible. Receive helpful information on how to achieve that goal.

Hospice: Learn about a resource in our community that is set up to make our final days as comfortable as possible.

Organ donor awareness: Perhaps, you think it a good idea to donate organs; Get more information here.

Colorado State Patrol: Experience the effects of alcohol on your perception in a safe environment. You won't forget this soon.

Area Agency on Aging: It is happening to all of us. No escape, so learn how to do it gracefully. A valuable source of information.

Colorado State Extension Service: All kinds of valuable information available here. Check it out.

For more information call Sharee Grazda, site coordinator, at 731-0666 or Pam Hopkins, medical coordinator, at 264-6300.

Screenings are not a substitute for a physical examination, No diagnoses are allowed at any 9Health Fair.

 CSAP testing dates set in junior high

Pagosa Springs Junior High School students are gearing up to take the Colorado Student Assessment Program (CSAP) tests.

Throughout the year, students have been learning the reading, writing, math and science curriculums which directly tie to the Colorado Model Content Standards and grade level frameworks.

This information is what students will be evaluated on during the CSAP tests. Our community carries great pride in student achievement, and school staff expects to see significant improvement this year, particularly in the area of mathematics.

Teachers diligently write curriculum and focus their daily instruction to make sure students learn the information and can perform when they are evaluated. Posted mottos like "Crush The Test" are visible evidence staff is serious about academic achievement in the school.

Staff want the test scores to show this fervor.

Teachers will prepare the students for the tests by exposing them to concepts and test formats; the tests will be given on days and at times that are considered optimal for testing well; students will be given free, nutritious snacks on test dates; incentives will be given to students who have perfect attendance during the test dates, have excellent effort and attitude, and perform at the proficient or advanced levels in all categories tested.

Statistics show that students who take the tests on the original test dates perform better than those who make up the tests at a later date. Staff encourages parents to make sure their students attend on the test dates listed:

Seventh Grade

Tuesday, April 5, Wednesday, April 6 and Thursday, April 7, 8 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

Eighth Grade

Thursday, March 31, Tuesday, April 5, Wednesday, April 6 and Thursday, April 7 , 8 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

Parents are also urged to ensure their children eat nutritious meals on the testing dates and that they get adequate sleep on the nights preceding testing.

2003-04 crop losses eligible for disaster pay

Archuleta and La Plata counties have qualified for the upcoming Crop Disaster Program (CDP) for crop year 2003-04.

If you suffered at least 35 percent loss on a crop, you may be eligible for assistance under the CDP program.

Producers with NAP insurance or crop insurance for the crop for which a loss occurred may be paid at 65 percent of the established price for that crop. If you did not have either insurance, you may be paid at a 60 percent level.

Please call 970 247-9277, Ext. 104 to make an appointment before coming in to make inquiries or sign up. The application process may be lengthy in some cases and the Farm Service Administration staff will need time to organize our farm's program file.


San Juan Gobblers set annual dinner

The 7th annual San Juan Gobblers dinner and auction will be April 2 in the Extension building at the county fairgrounds.

A great array of door prizes is on hand this year, donated by local businesses and an always super auction package from National Wildlife Turkey Federation exclusive to these banquets once a year.

You can contact the following committee members for tickets and information on the banquet:

Bob Curvey, 264-2415; Emzy and Stacey Barker, 264-9377; Steve and Kim Lynch, 731-9172; Shawn Curvey, 731-1371; Linda Love, 731-3933; David Lucero, 264-2496; and Mike Alley or Pam Lynd at 731-4984.

The NWTF is dedicated to the conservation of wild turkey and the preservation of the hunting traditions. Since 1973 it has helped the turkey population in North America increase from 1.3 million to more than 5.6 million birds.

Now, more than 450,000 members strong, the NWTF continues to help turkey populations expand, is improving habitat for all wildlife and is providing outdoor opportunities for men, women, children and the disabled.

Since 1985, more than $354,000 has been raised by Colorado chapters and spent on projects within the state.

State DOW increases reward offer in stolen big horn sheep heads

Colorado Division of Wildlife investigators are still intent on finding the person or persons who stole two bighorn sheep heads from a Montrose area taxidermy business in 2000.

DOW and other parties with an interest in the case have increased the reward from $4,000 to $5,500 for information that leads to an arrest.

Bighorn sheep horns are highly valued by big game hunters. Special licenses often sell for more than $100,000. Consequently, mounted heads can be very valuable.

"We tend to be pretty protective of Colorado's state mammal and we are still interested in locating those sheep heads and eventually putting them on display," said Glenn Smith, criminal investigator with the CDOW in Montrose. "The criminal is still out there, and we just upped the ante."

The sheep heads were stolen between 9 p.m. May 20 and 7:15 a.m. May 21, 2000, from Southwest Taxidermy in Montrose where they were waiting to be made into life-size mounts for public display and educational purposes.

One was a desert bighorn sheep confiscated from a hunter who killed the sheep outside of the unit he was licensed for. The other was a Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep that was found dead along U.S 550, outside of Ouray.

Rocky Mountain and desert bighorn sheep live in Colorado. The Rocky Mountain bighorn is the more common of the two in Colorado, but both big-game animals are highly prized by hunters and considered a major attraction by those who enjoy viewing wildlife in Colorado.

Hunting licenses for both species of sheep are issued by drawing only. They are very limited and very coveted. Hunters who are successful in the drawing consider themselves extremely fortunate.

The $5,500 reward money in this case was contributed by: Operation Game Thief ($2,000), the Foundation for North American Wild Sheep ($1,000), the Rocky Mountain Bighorn Sheep society ($500), Southwest Taxidermy ($1,000) and Grand Slam Club- Ovis ($1,000).

Anyone with information about the case is urged to call Operation Game Thief, 1(877) 265-6648, or #OGT on Verizon cell phones, or e-mail Callers can remain anonymous.

Operation Game Thief is a CDOW program which pays rewards to citizens who turn in poachers. Since its inception in 1981, Operation Game Thief has received more than 2,400 reports of poaching, resulting in more than 700 convictions. These convictions have netted more than $600,000 in fines and resulted in the seizure or more than 1,300 illegally-taken animals.


High Country Reflections
Many signs suggest the awakening is

upon us

By Chuck McGuire

SUN Columnist

It is late March, and the robins have returned. So have the bluebirds and Red-tailed hawks, and while I have yet to see one, the unmistakable song of a male Red-winged blackbird caught my notice near the river last week. A couple of weeks prior, Gunnison's prairie dogs began emerging from underground burrows still covered by a thick mantle of snow. Meanwhile, the Striped skunks are active again, their unique "fragrance" plainly evident near certain roadside draws toward evening.

These early harbingers tell of an impending revival, a gradual awakening of the mountain country after months of bitter-cold winds, gray skies, deep snow, and apparent widespread dormancy. It can be a painfully-slow process for those living at elevation, particularly when the first signs arrive in late February, yet many weeks of chilly daytime temperatures, sub-freezing nights, and potentially heavy spring snows still lie ahead. But as the first hints of change come, everything suddenly seems transformed. An air of excitement looms, and resident morale improves.

I first sensed the oncoming shift in the final days of February, while walking along the Rio Blanco south of town. It was the second afternoon in a short string of reasonably temperate sunny days, and I was out for a breath of fresh air and exercise. The air was calm as I walked, and I could feel the warmth of the sun on my face. A variety of birds sang a loud chorus in the stark willows and cottonwoods lining the river's banks, and an American Dipper flew low over its shallow riffles and pools.

I watched as the dipper landed on a boulder near the water's edge, and it suddenly occurred to me that the channel was largely open. The thick ice of winter had fractured in many places, and in many others, it had completely melted or drifted away. There were still remnant snowdrifts at the high-water lines of either bank, and great slabs of ice still remained in some areas along shore. Certainly, the surrounding valley floor yet harbored several inches of snow, but I noticed the lower south- and west-facing slopes were now mostly clear and beginning to dry.

Just getting out served to renew my spirit, but the discovery of change spawned eager anticipation of things to come. I thought of longer brighter days and shorter, more clement nights. I imagined the snowpack steadily withdrawing from the valleys and hillsides, only to persist somewhat longer on the highest alpine peaks. I thought of dry roads and the ease of travel over a snow-free landscape, and in my mind, I saw the grasses and sedges turning green and growing tall, understory shrubs sprouting new growth and leafing out, and the aspens, birch, and Rocky Mountain Maples first budding, then finally bathing a vast landscape in their soft pale green.

As I continued my stroll along the river, I remembered the many wild creatures that will soon awaken from hibernation, or return from their long winter migration. For instance, the Yellow-bellied marmots and black bears will emerge from winter dens by early April, with the garter snakes, Western rattlers, skinks, and other reptiles coming forth a bit later on. Herds of deer and elk, so prevalent in the lower valleys and Piñon/Juniper forests through March, will eventually move higher as melting snows slowly recede. Shortly, assorted hummingbirds will arrive from their winter haunts far to the south, and the territorial drumming of Lewis's Woodpeckers and Red-naped Sapsuckers will again echo through the pine and cottonwood forests in a matter of weeks.

Already, I've seen dozens of robins and bluebirds, which are perhaps the most remarkable early signs of spring. The first robin was just outside my living room window on the morning of March 3, and within the next few days, several small flocks of both Mountain and Western bluebirds crossed my path, as I traveled various roads outside of town.

While Red-tailed hawks will occasionally winter in the immediate area, more often than not, they'll retreat to lower elevations during the worst of times. As marvelous flyers and proficient hunters, I've long favored them among the varietal birds of prey, and am always looking for them in my jaunts across town. Of course, with the weather we've had this winter, their scarcity has not been surprising, but now, in just the past few weeks, I've seen a few fluently gliding the rising thermals high above the surrounding hills.

As mentioned, Red-winged blackbirds, prairie dogs, and Striped skunks are again part of the landscape, and so are growing flocks of waterfowl, including myriad ducks, teal, and Canada geese. Many water birds will remain here until the shifting winds of autumn, but most are simply passing through on their way to innate northern nesting grounds.

As one who grew up in the Midwest and the Mississippi flyway, some of my most memorable signs of spring (and fall, for that matter) are the sights and sounds of those giant undulating "V" formations, as thousands of geese fly overhead just beneath the clouds. For weeks, every March and October, we'd see the great flocks pass, and often, as they flew at night, we could only hear the faint honking and the rustling of broad wings on the wind. In recent years, I have witnessed those same sights and sounds, on a somewhat smaller scale, while fishing the Gunnison River near Hotchkiss.

As one might assume, river trout don't typically migrate or even hibernate in any real sense, but as water temperatures drop into the 30s, their metabolism slows considerably. At that point feeding activity also slows, and catching them is more difficult. However, in the spring, as bank ice vanishes and temperatures climb back into the 40s, feeding commences, and eager anglers again brave the icy waters in pursuit of their quarry. As an emphatic trout fisherman, a growing number of anglers wading the San Juan is an absolute sign of moderating conditions and the arrival of spring.

In southern Colorado, each of the four seasons that shape our lives is special, and each offers unique influences, and a unique perspective, on the landscape and its inhabitants. But it is the arrival of spring, the gradual awakening of an environment at rest, that stirs us most, and is most worth waiting for.

More Bush lies

Dear Editor:

Another Bush Blitz to undermine our way of life and dismantle Social Security!

He lied to us about weapons of mass destruction, He lied to us about the ease of subduing Iraq, He lied to us about Iraqi involvement with terrorists. He lied to us about his "Military Service." He lied to us about leaving no child behind. He lied to us about the economy and deficit.

He lied to us about tax cuts (unless you are very rich). He lied to us about Medicare drug reform benefits. What makes you think he is not lying about Social Security?

If you believe him ... Hey, I got a Brooklyn Bridge for sale.

The bidding starts the day the details of Social Security "reform" are presented to Congress!

Perhaps we need a new Congress which supports the truth!

P.S.: The president, his rich friends, Greenspan and Barbara Bush will never need Social Security!

Gregory Amour

Whittier, Calif.


Hygienist's stance

Dear Editor:

I have been a dental hygienist for 12 years in Pagosa Springs and used to be an animal health technician. I am part of the group Pagosa Springs Clean Water Advocates. I was not at the March 8 meeting due to prior commitments out of town.

The way I got involved in this issue was 1-1/2 years ago while in search of information about Cushing's disease in horses. My horse was seriously ill from Cushing's like symptoms, which partly presents itself as a thyroid deficient problem among other things. Ultimately we had to euthanize him and I had a bone tested at Cornell University by the country's leading expert in fluoride poisoning in animals for toxic levels of fluoride.

The results came listing his cause of death as "chronic fluoride poisoning" and he only got fluoride from the water, unlike humans who get it from showering, cooking, food, beverages and toothpaste.

In my research I discovered that chronic fluoride exposure can cause thyroid deficient problems in humans and animals as well as many other serious health problems like cancer, arthritis, Alzheimer's and hip fractures whether naturally occurring or added.

For years I have been alarmed at the number of my dental patients who have to take thyroid medication for underactive thyroid, including my husband, my dog and myself. An outward sign of too much fluoride in the body is enamel fluorosis, which appears as white mottling of the teeth. I have seen a number of children raised here on PAWS water with mottled teeth.

One of the first things I learned about fluoride that was different from what I was taught in dental hygiene school is that the type of fluoride used for water fluoridation comes from the toxic waste of the aluminum and phosphate fertilizer industries, not a natural substance; that is all I needed to oppose water fluoridation.

The EPA won't allow this substance in our streams and air but does allow it in our drinking water? The more I learn about water fluoridation the more upset and amazed I am that it has gone on for so long!

As far as the benefits of water fluoridation in reducing cavities, it is not needed; we all are getting overdosed with fluoride from other sources like our food, toothpaste etc. Is one case of cancer in a child or adult worth reducing any cavities? We must look at this issue from a whole health standpoint.

Mass medicating is a very dangerous and irresponsible pharmacological practice and I don't think any health care professional would put his/her name on this prescription due to the liability risks, why should PAWS take the liability risk?

Since there is no economical way to filter out fluoride from the water it should not be added because those of us who believe it is detrimental to health don't have a choice to not use it for our families and our animals.

Terri Beecher,



To Durango Herald

Dear Editor:

Upon reading yesterday's article about the "Pagosa medical center to close doors" I was shocked to see my comments at the end of the commentary so grossly taken out of context.

I debated whether to even respond as I did not want to give the impression of a "tit for tat" discussion. However, I came to the decision in order to quell my own disgust and to correctly inform your readers that I had to defend the charges laid at my feet!

In my less than 30-second dialogue with Ms. Meerts-Brandsma, the Herald Night Editorial Assistant, after trying to ascertain who she even wanted to speak to and not having identified herself until the end of the conversation, she inquired as to whether I thought the closing of the Mary Fisher Clinic would affect the tourism in Pagosa to which I responded that I didn't think it would have an effect. She then posed the inaccurate question - since the Family Practice Center does not accept visitors - where would the tourists have to go, to which I responded that I guess they might have to go to Durango.

Ms. Meerts-Brandsma perhaps does not realize that the Family Practice Center does see visitors and handles cases within their scope of practice. In addition to the Pagosa Family Practice, we also have Dr. Brown and our EMS services. Outside of those parameters, visitors and residents do have to go to Durango.

I thought quite a bit about why she would so misconstrue my words and I could only come up with a few solutions: perhaps I misunderstood her questions and responded accordingly; perhaps being the night editorial assistant she was running close to press time was hurried, and just put what she could into the article; perhaps she was running out of article space and had to omit some key information; or perhaps she just needed to end her story with a sensationalist comment and by twisting my answers this gave her fodder for her disappointing closing.

In any case, the article is written, the damage done, and Ms. Meerts-Brandsma is on to another story. We in Pagosa will continue to live with the actual story and will deal with it however it may unfold. The decisions that the board of directors and the community have to engage in are difficult and not taken lightly.

As an involved citizen and an ambassador to this community I too am concerned about this issue, and I took offense to her flippant remarks. I know that with this position rumors and inaccuracies can be part of the job. I just didn't think they would be so blatant and from someone not even a part of this community. I do however want to thank Ms. Meerts-Brandsma for making me more aware of my own dealings with the public, to listen and to understand that "there are usually two sides to the story".

Mary Jo Coulehan

Executive Director

Pagosa Springs Chamber of Commerce


Library work

Dear Editor:

I hope all of you regular library users know where the temporary library is and are using it. I can hardly believe the work done by the staff and volunteers to make this move possible.

Many of the books are in storage, but there is a little of everything available for our use with the exception of the computers. The Ruby Sisson Library is temporarily located beneath the Humane Society Thrift Store with an entrance and parking from Hermosa Street and also through the thrift shop main entrance and down the ramp to the right.

Kudos to the hard workers for their wonderful accomplishment.

I wonder where everyone was on Saturday evening, March 19, when the youth symphony from Albuquerque Philharmonic presented a concert of familiar classical music at the high school. It was extraordinary to say the least, and we hope they will come back soon. Pagosa's own violinist, Chris Baum, was invited to play with them.

Thanks to the Kleckner family for making the connection and Lisa Hartley for enabling this gift of great music to come to Pagosa.

Cindy Gustafson


Fisher closing

Dear Editor:

A motion was made by the Upper San Juan Health Service Board at our March 15th Special Meeting to:

"Close Mary Fisher Medical Center April 1, 2005 with the intent of reopening July 1, 2005. Included in this motion is recruitment of a consultant to manage the process to open."

This motion was made in regular session following an executive session held with all the Pagosa Springs Family Medicine practitioners and the board. During the entire process, Dr. Pruitt, recognizing the potential for a conflict of interest, represented Family Medicine and recused himself from all board proceedings.

The majority of the board voted to close Mary Fisher because we were unable to recruit and certify the needed practitioners to staff the center, Monday through Friday. As you know, the contract with the present locum practitioners expires April 1. We also felt the community would be better served by completing development of a carefully constructed, thoroughly researched short and long term plan.

In executive session, candid and constructive discussions were held with Family Medicine. One suggestion was to appoint a "managing consultant" to put together short- and long-term plans based on input from the board and community. Upon returning to regular session, the board gave Jerry Valade the support to fill that volunteer position. Professionally, Jerry has been putting government management teams together for many years. He has the expertise to put together the short term plan to allow us to reopen July 1.

The intent of the district is to create a comprehensive medical campus that will be the foundation for future expansion of medical services as the community grows. We must serve all of the community, including Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries and the uninsured. While staying within our financial constraints, some of the issues we are discussing include expanded service hours, advanced diagnostics, a complete lab, and a nurse and X-ray technician available to assist the doctors.

In the meantime, while Mary Fisher is temporarily closed, there are other local family practice medical services available: Family Medicine and Dr. Bob Brown/Susan Kuhn's Riverside Medicine practice. EMS is strong and staffed to handle emergencies

I work with an excellent, dedicated group of directors: Neal Townsend, Bob Scott, Dr. Dick Blide, Bob Goodman, Dr. Jim Pruitt and Jerry Valade. We have all worked long hours trying to solve the problems facing the district. We have put the district back on the road toward financial stability, with minimal staffing, while paying down old debt, reducing it from $220,000 to $110,000 which includes current, recurring debt. Our EMS is more efficient, following guidelines set up by EMS experts Brian and Joy Sinnott, and Dr. David Hughes, our new Mercy ER physician advisor.

I have appreciated receiving calls from many of you voicing your concerns. Health care is vital to all of us. The integrity and professionalism demonstrated by this board promises a well managed medical system for our community in the near future.

Pam Hopkins

USJHSD Board Chairman


No 'rock to blame'

Dear Editor:

I don't believe that you can blame the rock in the river for the kids getting stuck on it, otherwise we would be forced to remove many other rocks.

The company that installed the structure with the "rock to blame" has the data to prove that the structure is stable. I don't believe Mr. Mark Garcia has a "rock to stand on" when trying to fabricate reasons for the overzealous attitude the town managers have taken to restructuring an already stable, environmentally sound stretch of river.

Do your homework, submit a plan, get a permit.

Sandy Mion


Save teeth, life

Dear Editor:

Reference the pros and cons of fluoridation:

As a nurse, I have to respond with "great pros" to Dr. Rutherford's comments in The Pagosa SUN March 10.

I will take this a bit further in regard to one's health. We lose our teeth, we lose our nutrition; we lose our nutrition, we lose our health; we lose our health, we lose our life.

With the small amount of fluoridation usually put in public water supplies, it is a small amount the body can adapt to and will benefit from.

The list could go on of what is put in our bodies from the world's poisons and from most of our foods.

The bottom line - saving one's teeth will benefit one's life.

Pam Morrow



Dear Editor:

Two weeks ago I attended the San Juan Health District board meeting. Which was my first.

I have to say that not only was I surprised at what I witnessed, but I was also extremely disturbed by the board members and their attitudes and demeanor.

The meeting was conducted as if it were a joke. Totally unprofessional. I feel that if the general populous which voted these members in were in attendance, they would have deep regrets for having cast those votes.

These board members are being led by the hand of Dr. Pruitt and his own agenda ($$$). He has successfully, now, ruined the Mary Fisher Medical Center, forced myself and many others to seek healthcare elsewhere.

Like his office. Hmmm.

Don't you think that being in direct competition with the Mary Fisher Clinic, would be a conflict of interest for board member Dr. Pruitt? I don't see how he can sit on the board and make decisions as to the fate of his competitor. It is a form of railroading. It is wrong and it has happened. As for the other board members, they act as if they have won some sort of popularity contest, do and say as Dr. Pruitt will have them.

This community has lost a vital health care provider, after it was voted (two weeks ago) to stay open. I realize this issue has been going on for a long time, but this board and its unprofessional, childlike, embarrassing antics have finally struck the final blow to our clinic.

This may be a small town, but it has no small town attributes that I can see. What a shame. I will be seeking my health care in Durango. Which is too bad. I would rather support this community, however I will not in any way support the people, organizations, and doctors who have been the downfall of my health care provider.

The media needs to get involved, with honest and factual reports. People need to know the truth.


Lynn Preuit

Editor's note: This newspaper has been "involved" with the situation since it began to evolve many years ago and has reported on the factual details at every turn. The important distinction is between facts and opinions regarding such things as the demeanor of participants.

Assumptions about unspoken motives of individuals are not facts - they too are opinions. We print opinions - obviously, in our letters column, not in news reports.

It is also wise to note that Jim Pruitt was elected by the voters and, in fact, received the highest number of votes in the election for the current board. He has also recused himself at board meetings when issues directly involving his private enterprise have arisen.


Inviting misery

Dear Editor:

When government decisions are based on the highest bidder, only misery will result.

Don Reid


Listen to experts

Dear Editor:

Many of the statements in the letter by Anthony Steventon (Pagosa SUN 3/17/2005) are incorrect or misleading.

Fluoride, the anionic form of fluorine, is not only a by-product of some industrial process, it is the anion in several naturally occurring minerals and is present naturally in the drinking water of many communities.

Furthermore, Mr. Steventon's preference of Google over the University of Texas Library is misguided. One needs to be careful in assessing information from Google because it has not been critically evaluated and is often incorrect. The Internet includes all kinds of stories, many with little or no factual basis.

On the other hand, the information Gene Wissler (Pagosa SUN 3/10/2005) obtained from the University of Texas library is primarily from peer-reviewed articles that have been carefully scrutinized for accuracy by the scientific community. We would be wise to make our decision about fluoridating the water of Pagosa Springs based on the knowledge of experts in the field, such as Daniel Felzien and Ned Calonge in the Colorado Department of Health and Environment.

Jean B. Smith, Ph.D.

Professor Emerita

Department of Chemistry

University of Nebraska

(now a Pagosa Springs resident)


Utter disbelief

Dear Editor:

As an active RN for 40 years and a certified holistic nurse, health and wellness has been an important focus in my life.

I have watched in utter disbelief as large corporations, drug companies, even trusted organizations like the FDA, EPA, ADA and AMA have funded studies that prove the products that will line their pockets are "good" for us.

And the public only finds out about the really outrageous failures!

Please don't let fluoride be another one of these. We already have scientific proof of skeletal fluorosis in this community, done by the leading authority of fluoride toxicity from Cornell University, and a medical paper is being published on this.

Let this community lead the way toward better health for our citizens, not bury our heads in the sand, or be "buffaloed" by those with a vested interest in fluoridation, until we cause even more damage to ourselves and loved ones.

I would also like to add a few facts for people to think about that I did not see mentioned in any of the other letters:

-calcium fluoride is the naturally occurring fluoride and does not accumulate in the body;

- sodium fluoride accumulates in the body and attaches to the lead and mercury in the fluoridation mix;

- there is now so much mass fluoridation in the U.S., the average daily diet contains 2 to 3 mg of fluoride in the food we eat, beverages we drink;

- fluoride attacks the thyroid and causes hypothyroidism - now rampant in humans and animals in the U.S.;

- Recent studies of 39,000 children in 84 different communities showed no significant difference in tooth decay between those with fluoridated water and those without;

- cities that stop fluoridation show no increase in cavities and the fluoridated Indian reservations produce children with the worst teeth and most cavities in the country;

- and finally, aside from those of us who can afford an expensive distillation system, (filtration does not remove fluoride from the water!) we are stuck drinking, bathing, showering and inhaling the stream of fluoride poisoning.

Dr. Robert Carlton, Ph.D. and former EPA scientist states, "Fluoride is the greatest scientific fraud of the 20th Century."

Let's not be part of that.

Bonnie Stamford, RN, HNC


Honor service

Dear Editor:

We would like to cordially invite the patients and friends of Dr. Guy Paquet, Dr. Daniel Hepburn, and employee X-ray tech Sean, to a pot luck 6-8 p.m. March 30, at the Colorado Dream Homes model at 2283 U.S. 160. Bring a side dish or dessert to honor and thank them for their committed service to our community.

They are the Mary Fisher Clinic doctors who have provided our community with quality, dependable 24/7 medical services for this past 20 months. This pot luck is to express our thanks and appreciation to them both for their dedication to their profession.

In our opinion, it is a shame that the current members of the Health District Board - approved by the voters to support our emergency services and our Mary Fisher Medical Center - have dismissed the goal of providing health care to all citizens regardless of ability to pay and for our tourists who find themselves in need with no established physicians.

One must recall that the three private physicians were simply too busy to join others in meeting the needs of the community by serving after hours call and on weekends to anyone but their own patients. When the slate won the election, there was the consoling aspiration that the 20-year old disputes between the Health District and the private physicians would end.

Unfortunately, there is still no agreement between the board and local physicians to cover after hours call and emergency care. Now our tourists and patients of Mary Fisher Clinic have no comprehensive medical coverage and have to seek care in Durango. No, now we have a beautiful, modern, clean, and fully equipped clinic/urgent care center with heliport sitting unused.

It also is our opinion that if someone in management would collect the over $800,000 in accounts receivable, maybe the clinic would not have to close. We also have been told that current income to the clinic is supporting the expenses. Why are they closing?

So come and say good-bye to the doctors and employees who helped serve our community with the first true 24/7 that we have had in 20 years.


Patty Tillerson

Debra Brown

Community News
'Walkabout' is Film Society feature

By John Graves

Special to The PREVIEW

Nicolas Roeg's 1971 feature film "Walkabout," which the Pagosa Springs Film Society will screen and discuss Tuesday, March 29, is very different from the types of film fare which dominate our current cinematic presentations.

First off, a father drives his two children out into the barren Australian desert, shoots at them to drive them off, then sets the car on fire and shoots himself in the head.

Luckily, the offspring are very resourceful, and fortunate enough to team up with a young Aboriginal who is going through a tribal "coming of age" ritual to prove he can survive alone for several months in the outback.

"Walkabout" is also about the never-ending conflict between civilization and nature, and how the two constantly work to destroy one another. It costars Jenny Agutter and David Gulpilil.

The Film Society meets in the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship Hall, Unit 15 in Greenbriar Plaza, at 7:00 p.m. A suggested $3 donation benefits The Friends of the Library.

Special guest for Unitarians on Easter

By John Graves

Special to The PREVIEW

On this Easter Sunday The Rev. Jim Zacharias from Albuquerque will speak to the Pagosah Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (PUUF) about the universal human experience of grief.

His presentation, entitled "Persistent Memories: Lessons from Our Grief," will explore our responses to unsettling events which often change the course of our lives.

He points out that regardless of whether we are the one grieving or the one responding with care and concern, considerable learning and personal transformation is available to all of us through such life experiences. Despite its somber theme, his sermon promises to be both inspiring and enlightening.

Rev. Zacharias has been a popular community minister for many years. Presently, he serves on the Unitarian Universalist Association Ministerial Fellowship Committee and is part of the Mountain Desert District liaison program assisting small congregations like Pagosa's.

The service and Children's Program will start at 10:30 a.m. The Unitarian Universalist Fellowship Hall is Unit 15 in Greenbriar Plaza. Turn east on Greenbriar Drive off of North Pagosa by the Fire Station, then left into the parking lot and look for the big sign.

In addition, since Rev. Zacharias is visiting here specifically to assist the Pagosah UU Fellowship, he will hold an informal workshop 2-4 p.m. Saturday, March 26, in the UU Fellowship Hall. The session will explore program ideas, problem solving, and ways to help the PUUF Congregation grow and better serve the Pagosa community.

All are welcome.

 Our Savior Lutheran sets Holy Week rites

By Julie Martinez

Special to PREVIEW

Our Savior Lutheran Church invites the community to join us as we mark the culmination of the Lenten Season during Holy Week.

We begin this evening with a traditional Maundy Thursday service, which commemorates the night of Passover when Jesus instituted the Lord's Supper and was betrayed into the hands of the Romans.

On Friday, we honor His suffering and death on the cross on our behalf with a traditional Good Friday Tenebrae service of darkness. Both services begin at 7 p.m.

On Sunday, we celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, marking His victory over sin and death, with 8 and 10:45 a.m. services.

Between services, beginning at 9:30, the Youth Group of Our Savior will be serving breakfast with eggs, coffeecakes, donuts, juice and coffee. For younger children, preschool to second grade, the youth will also be hosting an Easter Egg Hunt on the playground during that time.

We welcome our spring break visitors, as well as all of the rest of our community, to join us.

Our Savior Lutheran is at 56 Meadows Drive, four miles west of town on U.S. 160.

 Easter sunrise service readied at Golden Peaks

The sixth annual Pagosa Springs Easter Sunrise Service is scheduled 7 a.m. Sunday in Golden Peaks Stadium at Pagosa Springs High School.

The interdenominational service is open to all and will feature Biblical readings, instrumental music and hymns as the sun rises over Reservoir Hill to the east.

Leading the brief worship will be the Rev. Don Ford of Community United Methodist Church and Rev. Bob Pope, rector of St. Patrick's Episcopal Church.

A breakfast hosted by local Boy Scouts will follow the service in the Methodist Church Fellowship Hall.

Attendance at the sunrise service had grown annually to 127 in 2003 - until last year's snowout - and hopes are that people of all Christian faiths will join in this year's observance to display a new level in community unity.

Music in the Mountains sets annual conservatory, offers scholarships

By Carole Howard

Special to The PREVIEW

Music in the Mountains is looking for a few special musicians who want to take advantage of a unique musical education opportunity - and scholarship money to help pay the tuition.

Conservatory Music in the Mountains 2005 for string instruments and piano takes place this summer at Fort Lewis College in Durango between July 17 and August 7. Students will expand their musical experiences with acclaimed teachers and performers in various one-, two- and three-week programs. The Conservatory offers opportunities to play in two orchestras - a chamber orchestra for advanced students and concert orchestra for intermediate level students.

Deadline for applying for the Conservatory program is May 5. Deadline for applying for a scholarship is April 20.

"This is an exceptional learning opportunity for both teachers and younger students," said Jan Clinkenbeard, chairman of Music in the Mountains in Pagosa Springs. She pointed out the age of young participants last year ranged from 4 to 22.

"It's wonderful that our local gifted musicians can have access to such superb instruction so close to home. And we are very proud that Music in the Mountains provides scholarships to help pay for the training."

Last summer three Pagosa violinists attended Conservatory education programs on Music in the Mountains scholarships. Chris Baum attended a two-week program, while Courtney Spears and her teacher Kate Kelley both attended a one-week session.

Their scholarships were made possible by the generosity of Wells Fargo Bank, the Bank of Colorado, and those individuals who attended last year's Music in the Mountains benefit event at Keyah Grande.

Clinkenbeard said Music in the Mountains Conservatory programs "provide opportunities for our local youngsters and their music teachers to interact face-to-face with talented musicians who are eager to share their knowledge and love of music.

"That is why our benefit fundraiser and the contributions we receive from individual donors, businesses and other larger organizations are so crucial to our Pagosa programs," she said. "We're especially grateful to our major sponsors, including BootJack Ranch, Parelli Natural Horse-Man-Ship, Coleman Vision, Bank of the San Juans, Bob Hart-Hart Construction and Hart's Rocky Mountain Retreat, the Rotary Club of Pagosa Springs and the Town of Pagosa Springs.

For Conservatory enrollment information, call (970) 503-8486 or For scholarship information, contact Clinkenbeard at 264-5918.

Boosters preparing a 'fractured fairy tale'

By John Graves

Special to The PREVIEW

The Pagosa Springs Music Boosters are known for their outstanding productions of musicals, comedies, and dramas.

This spring they're presenting an hilarious madcap fantasy for the whole family. It's called "Once Upon a Wolf," and it falls into the category of "fractured fairy tales."

The leading characters from these beloved children's stories become liberated from the demands and stereotypes imposed upon them by the constraints of their traditional plot lines, and all mayhem breaks loose. Even the audience gets involved.

Director Michael DeWinter, along with Director's Apprentice Randi Andersen and Rachel Jensen, assistant to the director, will guide a surprisingly flexible cast, including Sally Yates, Candy Flaming, Becca Stephens, Rita Jensen, Roger Jensen, Honor Nash-Putnam, and the Reverend Don Ford.

Show times are 7:30 p.m. in the Parish Hall of the Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church in Pagosa Springs April 21-23. Non-reserved seat tickets may be purchased at the Plaid Pony, or at the door. Ticket prices range from $12 for adults, $10 for seniors over 60, and $6 for students and children.

For additional information, call DeWinter at 731-5262.

 Blacksmith's craftsmanship

with mine 'junk' makes career

By Erin K. Quirk

Staff Writer

Sometimes people will walk into blacksmith Mike Selinsky's shop and say: "This doesn't look like a barn, where are the horses?"

Selinsky is a blacksmith, not a farrier. They are not the same thing.

While farriers are sometimes blacksmiths, historically the town blacksmith was charged with many more tasks than shoeing horses. In colonial America, blacksmiths were the manufacturers and their shops were the local hardware stores. With an anvil, hammer and forge, they made locks and axes, swords and wagon wheels"- - whatever metal implement people needed.

Today manufacturing plants in China have largely replaced the need for a blacksmith, but as long as people yearn for craftsmanship that defies the bland uniformity of automation, Mike Selinsky will have a job.

Selinsky came by his trade at the Camp Bird Mine in Ouray, Colorado. The mine was, at one time, the largest producing gold mine in the world. In fact, between 1896 and 1910 it produced $26 million in gold. It was so wealthy in fact that, Selinsky said, the daughter of the Camp Bird owner, Thomas Walsh, once purchased the Hope Diamond for herself.

In the early 1990's the camp was closed and Selinsky, who had been working on a mining locomotive there, was asked to stay on as a watchman. Just what does a watchman do at a decommissioned gold mine? "Nothing," Selinsky said.

With all that free time and a mess of old mining equipment and material lying around, Selinsky, who grew up around machine shops and ran his own in Phoenix, began pushing his art form. He tells of the electric trolleys that once ran through the mine shafts attached, for power, to copper wires. He tore the wire out of the shafts, made chandeliers and sold them.

In 2000, Selinsky moved from Silverton to Dallas. While recovering from serious culture shock, he discovered a lucrative market in the Highland Park neighborhood. Working with one particular architect he found considerable demand for his iron gates, handcrafted hardware and fixtures in that particular high-rent district of Dallas.

His portfolio shows photographs of a few of those homes. One showcases what looks like a medieval wine cellar door. Intricate iron bars secure the tiny window and grapevines, heavy with fruit, cascade down the front of the door. Inside the room is a matching chandelier that Selinsky priced at about $15,000 due to the sheer number of hours he spent creating it. Another of his works, pictured in the portfolio, is a flat iron piece of Greek mythological porpoises that hangs above a client's indoor pool. Though it isn't particularly large, it was so technically difficult that Selinsky spent nearly 200 hours building it.

"When a customer gets the end product, it's not just off the shelf," Selinsky said. "It's an heirloom, is what it comes down to."

Selinsky, who moved to Pagosa Springs about a year and a half ago, will tell you he is not a purist. He believes that had the great masters had modern blacksmithing tools while building the gates of Notre Dame, they would have used them. He is fascinated by the intersection of 19th Century craftsmanship and 21st Century technology.

Therefore, he has every blacksmithing tool known to man in his shop. A lot of those tools didn't exist when he needed them, so being a blacksmith he built them. For instance, Selinsky grabs a long piece of steel that could trick you into believing it is really a long piece of pine bark. There is no tool that could accurately make steel look like bark, so he built one. Selinsky loves to look around his clients' homes at what exists there in nature. In order to translate those ideas into steel, sometimes he needs extra tools.

"I'm a firm believer in building my own equipment," he said, adding that it is one way he gets to enjoy his own work, as most of his pieces are shipped out as soon as they are complete.

Selinsky's shop is an absolute candy store for tool junkies. Along with two forges and several anvils, he has a 1948 power hammer and a forging press that exerts 95 tons of pressure. It can squish a six-inch tall, square, hollow piece of steel like a stick of butter. He said the press conserves precious elbow grease when it comes to making doorknobs.

A 350-pound hammering block sits not far from the forge and Selinsky said it is another piece recovered from the Camp Bird Mine. He said that when it came time to clean up the mine, anyone who wanted the "junk" left there could take it. Selinsky, who is also a mineral collector, couldn't have been happier, because another of his Camp Bird treasures sits right there in his shop.

Gunmetal gray and spotless, an 1894-model hoist engine, is clearly his pride and joy. It has flywheels for starting its 12-horsepower engine and it weighs 4,000 pounds. Selinsky said before he rebuilt the engine, it probably hadn't run in 80 years. It was one of the many pieces of equipment that had been replaced over the years by the mining company. Selinsky said he found it in a shed that was itself so old it had fallen down around the engine.

Selinsky joyfully spins the flywheel and the Kansas City-built engine, which he said runs on gasoline, kerosene, alcohol and paint thinner if necessary, chugs to life.

"How many things can you say today are 111 years old and still run," he said with obvious pride. "When it first ran it was such a thrill."

Selinsky, like many of his contemporaries in Pagosa Springs, is a craftsman. What makes his work special is that every steel piece he builds is finished on the inside and out, even the parts you can't immediately see. For instance the veins of the grape leaves, for the chandelier, are visible on both sides. The pieces are also heavy and smooth - totally absent what Selinsky calls "burrs," which are the rough, catchy edges in a weld.

"To me you should never be able to see a weld," he said.

"Welding, it's a tool not a part of the design."

Selinsky said working with steel, like clay or glass, is a hot art. He said when it's hot, steel can be molded just like clay, only you can't touch it. He has begun a series of still-life art pieces that he calls "seed pods" to further expose that creative instinct. He said that as an artist his ideas are endless. He also is excited by the Artist Salons hosted by Michael and Denise Coffee at the Shy Rabbit Studio.

"I can get anything out of something when you get like minded people together like that," he said. "Conversing with like-minded people inspires you to do new things."

For more information on Selinsky visit

 PSHS and Disney present 'Beauty and the Beast'

Pagosa Springs High School will present the Disney Musical "Beauty and the Beast" in conjunction with MTI and Disney, April 7- 9.

Production will start each evening at 7 p.m. Tickets are $4 students and children and $6 adults. This is not reserved seating. Tickets may be purchased at the high school or Plaid Pony. This is a family show all ages will enjoy!

Disney released this musical for amateur production in spring of 2004. There are several added musical selections in the stage production that are not in the animated Disney version.

The lead characters are Belle, Danae Holloman; Beast, Joe Quick; Gaston, Jesse Morris; LeFoe, Tim McAlister; Maurice, Chris Nobles; Mrs. Potts, Christine Morrison; Lumier, James Abbott; Cogsworth, Paige Gordon; Babbett, Taryn Burnett; Chip, David Smith; Madame De La Grand Bouche, Randi Andersen; Gaston's Girls, Veronica Zeiler, Samantha Ricker, Tiffany Mayne, Anna Hershey, Katie Erickson and Sara Baum; and D'Arque, Michael Spitler.

Our costumes and set are designed by Michael DeWinter. Many thanks to him for his expertise in our productions. He is right there guiding students constructing the sets working endless hours to create magic on the stage.

Our adult help in set construction so far includes Don Weller, Tim Bristow, Jim Morris, David Spitler, Donna Clark, Pam Spitler, Melinda Baum, Dale Morris, Lisa Hartley. Set construction includes these students: Katie Vowels, Ben DeVoti, Alex Silver, David Smith, Jacob Smith, Michael Spitler, Randi Andersen, Victoria Stanton, Natalia Clark, Hannah Clark, Becca Stephens, Brook Cumbie and more everyday.

Some of the seamstresses and costume creators include, Melinda Volger, Donna Clark, Betty Schicker, Lisa Hartley, Michael DeWinter, Chipley Gordon, Susan Clark, Janet Nordman and Judi Ferguson. We continue working hard over spring break on sets and costumes for this production!

Dale Morris is our director and choreographer. Without her hours of work above and beyond the normal time frame this production would not be happening. Lisa Hartley and Melinda Baum are musical directors. Melinda is our accompanist and works with chorus, soloists, and our orchestra. Kathy Isberg has been a rehearsal pianist. John Nash-Putnam has been vocal coaching students in production.

Our orchestra includes: Alex Baum and Randy Molnar, percussion; Dave Krueger, bass; Kathy Baisdon, Ellen Niehaus, Kim Judd-Clarinet, Joy Redman, flutes; Chris Baum, violin; Larry Elginer, trumpet; Larry Baisdon, French horn; Esther Gordon, trombone; and Sue Martin, oboe.

This production includes 50 plus high school students working onstage, backstage, set building, light design and sound.

Special groups making good

use of community center

By Mercy E. Korsgren

PREVIEW Columnist

Creeper Jeepers Gang, an organized 4Wheel Club in Durango met here March 22 with the purpose of forming a chapter in Pagosa.

About a dozen local enthusiasts attended in addition to members from Durango including the president of the Creepers. The club provides organized trips with lots of fun and excitement, and does volunteer work maintaining trails.

Public facilities coalition

The Coalition met last Wednesday and reviewed and made changes to its board membership. The mission statement formulated by the Friends of the Community Center was approved with minor changes which are: provide affordable services and space for all ages and diverse groups to gather for social, civic, art and cultural, educational, business and faith based activities; and create and coordinate activities for the benefit of the whole community.

The coalition also discussed future fundraising projects considering the 2004 $11,285 deficit in operating cost. The selling of engraved bricks was mentioned and a couple of members expressed interest in buying several for their family. Doris Green, the newly appointed chair of the fundraising/advisory committee will look into this.

Other topics discussed were the status of the Teen Center and different activities planned for the rest of the year. The teen center steering committee has been working hard toward the future of the center and there are hopes the group will consider reopening the teen center April 1.

Some ideas for activities were suggested by the "Friends." This includes a Community Easter Egg Hunt, chili cook-off and car show; a sweetheart dance in February; a cultural event with costumes, food and dances; in addition to what are already planned like the rummage sale, Spring Arts & Crafts Show, Patriotic Sing-A-Long Night, Community Center Volunteer Recognition and Potluck, Seniors' Oktoberfest and Kids' Halloween Party.

The Friends are inviting anyone interested in helping the community center with ideas about programs and fundraising to please call 264-4152. Be involved in your community, join the Friends!

The Pagosa Fiber Club board meets here and is very busy right now preparing for the Memorial Day Weekend Festival May 28-29 at the Archuleta County Fair grounds. Mark your calendar. The Center is having its Spring Arts and Crafts show that same weekend.

Quinceanera Party. This is a Mexican tradition to celebrate a girl's 15th birthday - when a little girl becomes a young woman. The celebration started at church with a special mass followed by dinner and dancing at the community center. Karla, the celebrant wore a long full white gown and a crown. The first dance consisted, of course, of Karla and her partner with 14 other couples, ages 1-14, all wearing blue gowns and tuxedos. Her dad started the second dance with Karla wearing a casual pair of shoes, then her dad helped her put on a high-heeled sandals. Her dad also gave Karla a doll, the last doll she got, which then became a decoration for the Quinceanera party. I had to be out of town that Saturday and missed a great party. Pauline took notes and I also asked her friend Jenny Bell about it. According to Jenny the decorations were unique and beautiful, food was delicious, and the party was a wonderful time for people to get to know another culture. Thanks, Pauline and Jenny.

Events coming up

April 22, 3 p.m.-6 p.m. and April 23, 7:30 a.m.-noon, the center is sponsoring a Pre-Spring Rummage Sale. Clean out cupboards and closets and put things in order. Then rent one or more tables at $15 per table for both days and make a few dollars from stuff you don't need or want while providing others with useful items. Call 264-4152 , Ext. 21 to reserve your spot.

May 28, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. - Memorial Day weekend, The Springs Art and Crafts Show. The community center invites all artists and artisans to display their handcrafted items for sale. Space assignments will be made on a first-come, first-served basis. Cost is $35 and $50 for 8x8 and 10x10 space respectively, including tables. Proceeds from both events will benefit center programs offered to the community. Call 264-4152, Ext. 21 to reserve your spot.

What's new?

The computer lab is getting busier since the library closed. We have seven computers available for the public and we could use three more. We need computers! Anyone who wishes to donate one, please call Becky.

Every Tuesday, 1-4 p.m., the center is offering a free computer tutoring to anyone of all ages. Our volunteer computer guru, Becky Herman will patiently help you do your computer work during this session. Becky also conducts the Seniors computer class, same day 10 a.m.-noon.

Lost and Found. Please check at the front desk if you're missing something that might have been left at the center. We'll hold lost and found items for a month, then all unclaimed items will be donated to the local thrift stores.


Have you submitted your income tax return or are you still procrastinating? Time flies and before you know it April 15 will be here. Need help? Sign-up for free tax aid here at the community center (Senior Center table) and qualified AARP volunteers will help you.

Activities this week

Today - Through 5 p.m., AARP Tax Aid; Anglican Church Fellowship, 6-8 p.m.

Friday - Adult men's open basketball, 11:45 a.m.-1 p.m.

Saturday, March 26 - Red Cross CPR training, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

Sunday, March 27 - Church of Christ Sunday Service, 9 a.m.-noon; Grace Evangelical Free Church Service, 9 a.m.-noon; United Pentecostal Church Service, 2-4 p.m.

Monday, March 28 - Seniors' Bridge Club, 12:30-4 p.m.

Tuesday , March 29 - High school private tutoring session, 8:30-11:30 a.m.

Wednesday, March 30 - Pagosa Brat Play group, 10 a.m.-noon; Wednesday Bridge Club, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.; Church of Christ Bible Study, 7-8 p.m.

The gym is open everyday, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m.-noon for walking and open basketball except when reserved for special events. Call 264-4152 for information and to reserve a room. The center needs your input on other programs and activities you would like to see happening here. If you have ideas, tell us about them.

The Center is a nonprofit organization under the umbrella of the Pagosa Springs Public Facilities Coalition (PSPFC) and managed by the Town of Pagosa Springs. It provides spaces for the Archuleta County Seniors Program, Pagosa Springs Arts Council, Teen Center and other groups and organizations in the community. Rooms are available for rent to anyone or any group on first come first served basis. There is a nominal charge to rent a room and monies collected pay for the utility bills and other operating costs.

Have your party or meeting here. We have rooms for small, midsize and large group.

A catering kitchen is also available. Tables, chairs, portable stage, dance floor and audio visual equipment are available, too. The Center is at 451 Hot Springs Blvd.

 Pagosa Children's Chorale attends music camp at Colorado Springs

Fourteen Pagosa Springs Children's Chorale members along with director, Sue Anderson, traveled to Colorado Springs to participate in one day of music camp on March 5, followed by the Family Festival Day performance on March 6, called Colorado Connections 2005.

The Kennedy Center Imagination Celebration and the Pike's Peak Center hosted this annual event, which consisted of over 150 children's choir members from nine Colorado communities, the Colorado Springs Youth Symphony, Canon City High School's Show Choir and Stacy Dyson, KCIC poet laureate (including poets from three Colorado high schools).

Besides the musical performance, activities included hands-on art lessons, face painting, an instrument petting zoo and enjoying the talents of clown artist Jim Jackson and actress Brigitta Depree.

The arts are a powerful tool for connecting people and connecting communities. The Kennedy Center Imagination Celebration provides the "Colorado Connections" Tour Program each year to develop long-lasting relationships among communities and to share the resources available in the Pike's Peak region.

For the past eight years, Imagination Celebration has sent professional artists and performing youth to engage young people, teachers, parents, libraries, arts organizations and entire communities in a range of educational workshops and performances using visual arts, dance theater, music, folk art and literature to celebrate creativity. They have provided over 400 programs in 70 small towns in the southern half of Colorado. In addition to adult artists, Imagination Celebration has sent over 700 talented youth to perform and make new friends in Colorado.

These two days were filled with wonderful opportunities to learn and join in song with music lovers from across the state.

32 straight-A students top junior high honors list

Eleven eighth-graders and 21 seventh-graders with perfect 4.0 averages top the third quarter honor roll at Pagosa Springs Junior High School.

Heading the list released March 16 by Principal Chris Hinger were:

Eighth grade

Anna Ball, Dylan Burkesmith, Joseph DuCharme, Jacob Faber, Jacob Haynes, Rachel Jensen, Julia Nell, Duster Ross, Bailee Ruthardt, Shelby Stretton and Joe Floyd Sturm.

Seventh grade

Julia Adams, Gary August, Seth Blackley, Ashley Brooks, Bridgett Brule, Megan Bryant, Casey Crow, Taylor Cunningham, Jordan Davey, Natalie Erickson, Emily Greer.

Also, Michael Heraty, Jonathan Hudson, Amber Lark, Kala Matzdorf, Katarina Medici, Amanda Oertel, Sarah Sanna, Sierra Shepard, Josie Snow and Wesley Vandercook.

In addition, 48 eighth-graders and 33 seventh-graders with no single grade below B, were named to the regular honor roll.

Eighth-graders so listed included Alex Baum, Dylan Caves, Eric Freudenberger, Zane Gholson, Allison Hart, Ryan Hujus, John Jewell, Jessica Martinez, Bruno Mayne, Jennifer Mueller.

Also, Caleb Pringle, Raesha Ray, Brittney Siler, Gabrielle Winter, Bonnie Hester, Kyle Brookens, Cherese Caler, Ashley Iverson, Zel Johnston, Jennifer Low, Stephanie Lowe, Kyle Monks.

Also, Thomas Patane, Clark Riedberger, Mike Smith, Blake Bahn, Jordan Boudreaux, Aniceta Gallegos, Kelsey Hanavan, Alexa Midgley, LeeAnn Phillips-Martin.

Also, Andrew Portnell, Leah Silver, Kade Skoglund, Benjamin Gallegos, Jaclyn Harms, Shasta McMurry, Kaitlyn Potter, Gregory Rapp, Anthony Spinelli.

Also, Nathan Trowbridge, Jackson Walsh, Juniper Willett, Alicia Cox, Betsy Schur, Myron Voorhis and Mattea Weddle.

Seventh-graders with no grade below B were Jacob Anderson, Jessica Blum, Victoria Espinosa, Jordin Frey, Rebekah Riedberger, Nicola Shaw, Amie Webb-Shearston.

Also, Denise Bauer, Michael Flihan, Paul Hoffman, Kara Hollenbeck, Tamra Leavenworth, Wesley Ricker, Ryan Stahl, Riley Aiello, Jessie Bir, Jasmine Harbison.

Also, Brooke Hasselman, Nahtanha Sell, Ashley Taylor, Joshua Jones, Edgar Torres, Samara Hernandez, Kiaya Humphrey, Beth Lucero, Douglass Rapp.

Also, Taylor Shaffer, Shevi Tunnel-Hunt, James Hamilton, Kale Hanavan, Haley Malesic, Casey Meekins and Sierra Olachea.

 Intermediate school honor roll features 29 perfect scores

With perfect 4.0 averages, 16 sixth-graders and 13 fifth-graders top the Pagosa Springs Intermediate School honor roll for the third grading period.

The list released March 16 by Principal Mark DeVoti, includes:

Sixth-graders Kelsea Anderson, Kayla Catlin, Gabrielle Dill, Trace Gross, Mele LeLievre, Joshua Long, Zachary Lucero, Viridiana Marinelarena.

Also Christopher Martinez, NaCole Martinez, Danielle Pajak, Crystal Purcell, Garrett Stoll, Sienna Stretton, Shawn Struber and Thomas Watkins.

Fifth-graders at the top of the list were Jesse Aragon, Sydney Aragon, Adam Fernandez, Alexandra Fortney, Brandy Fowler, Mary Haynes, Alexandra Herrera.

Also, Samantha Hunts, Natasha Medici, Austin Miller, Eurisko PeBenito, Kristi Plum and Kelsy Sellers.

Listed with no grade below B were sixth-graders Amanda Barnes, Christopher Brown, Briana Bryant, Ashley Calhoun, Ryann Charles, Shea Johnson.

Also, Kelsi Lucero, Irene Madrid, Kaitlin Mastin, Tayler McKee, Bridgett Mechanic, Brittany Mechanic, Dakota Miller, Lukas Morelock, Caitlin Mueller.

Also, Jordan Neuleib, Rocio Palma, Roxana Palma, Cy Parker, Kimberly Rapp, Paige Rosebeck, Shelby Schofield, Rachel Shaw, Joseph Shovelton, Sarah Stuckwish, Alisha Turner and Maegan Walters.

Fifth-graders with no grade below B were Kyle Anderson Andresen, Tiffany Bachtel, Leslie Baughman, Laura Bell, Sarah Bir, Saje Brinkmann, Zachary Brinkmann, Evan Brookens.

Also, William Brown, Amanda Burch, Kyle Danielson, Hailey Dean, Sissy Dodson, Brooklyn DuCharme, Shelbie Edwards, Liam Frey, Zoe Fulco, Whitney Gallegos.

Also, Brooke Hampton, Zachary Irons, Zerek Jones, Ashley McGowan, Katelyn McRee, Bryan Miller, Charisse Morris, Desiree Pastin, Daniel Puskas.

Also, Reahna Ray, Samuel Romain, Tyson Ross, Destiny Soto, Tori Strohecker, Silas Thompson, Mariah Vasquez, Eli Velasquez, Cheyann Walker, Jennie White and Crystal Wilson.

Habitat sets sponsorship lunch April 29

Habitat for Humanity of Archuleta County will hold its annual sponsorship luncheon noon-1 p.m. Friday, April 29.

Doors for the event will open 11:40 a.m. at the Pagosa Springs Community Center.

Call 7331-6900 or 946-7092 and ask for Chris for information on sponsoring a table. They are limited so it will be on a first-come, first-served basis at $250 each. Table sponsors are asked to invite six-seven guests. Price includes lunch for you and your guests.

With proceeds from last year's event, Habitat was able to erect two new houses. It has been able to build 13 homes so far with a great deal of help from our wonderful community.

Recipients chosen for houses 14 and 15 will be introduced. Come and see what Habitat has been able to accomplish.

Entertainment will be provided by the "Habit-Tappers." Who are they? Come and find out, but expect some fun.

Local Chatter

A new tradition will be back

By Kate Terry

PREVIEW Columnist

Last week Barbara Ward of Austin, Texas wrote a letter to the editor about her visit to Loaves and Fishes, the free meal that has been offered on Thursdays at the Catholic Parish Hall. She was most impressed and inspired with everything about the program.

When Loaves and Fishes was conceived, the thought was to offer a free meal with the following stipulations: Number 1, that there would be no screening as to who could eat; Number 2, that there not be any money contribution made on the primises; and Number 3, that people would be seated and graciously served their food. The idea was to give dignity to the program.

What some people don't know is that Loaves and Fishes was planned for January, February and March - the coldest months.

This was a trial period to see if there was a need for such a program, and the results have been rewarding. About 80 people, including volunteers, were served the first time, and last week, 200 people, plus volunteers, were served.

Loaves and Fishes is here to stay. I remind you that it is not affiliated with any church or other organization, although they make up the volunteers and other contributors.

My job for Loaves and Fishes has been that of greeter. It has been a most rewarding job.

When I moved to Pagosa Springs 20 years ago, I was accepted because my brother and his family lived here and so, I got to know many of the old-timers.

Seeing some of them come through the door to the Parish Hall for these dinners has been my pleasure.

Next Thursday, March 31, is our last Loaves and Fishes for this season and I think the volunteers will miss preparing the food and serving it as much as will those who have come to share the meals.

Until it's time to start up again, in October, please watch the newspaper for dates and times.

Fun on the run...

For years the man had been telling his friend that he ate too much fast food, but the friend always denied it.

One day he admitted to the fact.

"What changed your mind?"

Replied the man, "My grandson. When my daughter told him I was coming to visit, he asked, 'Grandpa from Florida or Grandpa from Pizza Hut'?"

Education News

Making a Difference luncheon is April 6

By Livia Cloman Lynch

PREVIEW Columnist

The fourth annual "Making A Difference" fundraising luncheon for the Archuleta County Education Center is planned April 6.

Sue Hansen will be the keynote speaker and her talk is entitled "Say Yes! To Living a Life of Passion" During her luncheon keynote address, Sue will put you in touch with what matters most and remind you of life's simpler pleasures.

Her background and experience in psychology, business, and behavioral analysis has been invaluable in the realization of her mission - helping people become better people, which is also her mantra and her passion.

As a speaker, Hansen is known for her energy, humor, and expertise. It has been said that "She will make you think, make you laugh, and make you want to be a better person."

She says, "Many of us spend more than we need to on the 'stuff' of life, while the more important things get lost in the shuffle of just trying to keep up." Her solution is to "live a purposeful life, develop a working strategy for getting all your goals accomplished, have a vision for your ultimate success, and live every day to the fullest extent."

The luncheon will be held at the First Baptist Church on U.S. 160. The program will include not only the keynote address by Hansen but also talks from local students describing their experiences in programs sponsored by The Education Center.

Following the luncheon, Hansen, will conduct a special two- hour workshop on the subject "Face the Fear and Make the Ask ... How to Ask for and Get the Money."

This workshop is designed for nonprofit executive directors, nonprofit boards, and anyone involved in a volunteer organization which needs to raise funds to support their programs.

For the past 16 years the Archuleta County Education Center has been "Making A Difference" in the community. Their organizational mission is "To foster responsible citizenship through programs of literacy, education, vocation and life skills that meet the needs in our community."

As a nonprofit, the Archuleta County Education Center must rely on grants and the generosity of the community to be able to continue to provide these life-changing services.

The following community members have volunteered to serve as table hosts for the luncheon: Steve and Dee Butler, John Hostetter, Cody Ross, Curtis Miller, Malcolm Rodger, Glenn Raby, Cynthia Sharp, Mamie Lynch, Lisa Scott, Sherry Waner, John Graves, Marion Francis, Bob Lynch, Jeff Laydon, Laura Laydon, Jann Pitcher, MaryJo Coulehan, and the Pagosa Springs Rotary Club.

Lunch is being catered by JJ's Upstream and tickets are $45 each and can be purchased from any table host or at The Education Center at 4th and Lewis Streets.

Please call 264-2835 for more information or to purchase tickets for the event.


Shepherd's Staff

Christ is risen! He is risen indeed!

By Richard Bolland

Our Savior Lutheran Church

With the early arrival of Easter this spring, comes the early joy of knowing that Christ Is Risen! He is risen indeed! Alleluia!

The somber tones of Lent give way to joyous shouts of celebration as we know that death has been utterly defeated by our Lord Jesus Christ! The grave cannot hold Him, and if it cannot hold Him, then neither can it hold us. Hear again the Words of St. Paul:

"But some will ask, 'How are the dead raised? With what kind of body will they come?' How foolish! What you sow does not come to life unless it dies. When you sow you do not plant the body that will be, but just a seed, perhaps of wheat or of something else.

But God gives it a body as he has determined, and to each kind of seed he gives its own body. All flesh is not the same: Men have one kind of flesh, animals have another, birds another and fish another. There are also heavenly bodies and there are earthly bodies; but the splendor of the heavenly bodies is one kind, and the splendor of the earthly bodies is anotherŠso it will be at the resurrection of the dead.

The body that is sown is perishable, it is raised imperishable; it is sown in dishonor, it is raised in glory; it is sown in weakness, it is raised in power; it is sown a natural body, it is raised a spiritual body Š as was the earthly man, so are those who are of the earth; and as is the man from heaven, so also are those who are of heaven. And just as we have borne the likeness of the earthly man, so shall we bear the likeness of the man from heaven." (I Corinthians 14:35-49)

Why does the world try so very hard to discredit Jesus' resurrection? First because human experience and reason does not wish to acknowledge what it cannot comprehend. Second, because if Christ is raised from the dead, then we certainly all ought to be listening to what He taught and did!

For if Christ is raised from the dead, then He has done what no man has ever done Š overcome the grave and since that is so, we need also know how we - who are all subject to death - ought also overcome our common human curse!

It would have been so very easy for the High Priest Caiaphas to end the Christian movement before it got off the ground. All he had to do is to have a parade down to the burial tomb of Jesus a few days following His crucifixion, open the tomb and for all to see, observe the moldering body of Jesus of Nazareth. That clearly would have been the end of it all, and the world once again would have been without hope. But Caiaphas had one major problem in doing what he most certainly wanted to do Š there was no body to display!

Some have tried to explain that missing body by claiming that the eleven apostles stole the body and then nearly all died a martyr's death to defend their lie. But that explanation requires more faith than believing in the resurrection.

Imagine, those cowardly, scared eleven apostles marching down to Jesus' tomb, knocking off the stationed, armed Roman guard that Pontius Pilate had posted on the very threat that someone might try to steal the body of Jesus, and then making off without so much as one casualty. Now if you want to believe that, then you have more faith than I do!

I have been in the Army and I have stood guard duty. Every soldier today and then knows that before you spend a sleepless night guarding something, you first make absolutely certain that what you are supposed to guard is actually there. The Romans were no fools, first they checked, and then they stood guard.

The physical, bodily resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead is utterly pivotal to the Christian faith. Without that resurrection, no faith remains. No forgiveness of sins can be obtained. No salvation can be ours. But with the resurrection of our Lord, everything is certain for those who have been called to faith in all that Christ has done.

Without the resurrection, we are destitute of hope for all that remains to placate a holy and righteous God is our poor, inadequate, mixed-motive human works and our badly flawed by sin good intentions. If that is all we have, well then, God help us!

To such fear and doubt all true Christians can say is the obvious: Christ is risen! He is risen indeed!

Senior News

Losing an assistant but gaining a new bus driver

By Laura Bedard

SUN Columnist

This will be my last column for the SUN, and I want to thank Karl for helping me with deadlines. It has been an honor and privilege to work at the Center with Musetta and the seniors, and I will miss them all. Thanks to everyone who helped me and gave me a hard time, both were appreciated.

Let's welcome John, our new bus driver!

Hello, everyone, I'm John Sjoblom, the new senior bus driver. I am a transplant of Minnesota and I am Norwegian, just like Laura. I have two wonderful children, my son is 7 and my daughter is 4. I love good jokes so please, if you have any let me hear them. I live out of town in the national forest, so I am blessed with lots of wildlife and beautiful scenery. I have horses and am always looking for more and the good deal.

We are so excited to announce the arrival of our new senior bus. Thanks to the hard work of Dave Sedgwick for obtaining the funds, our seniors are now enjoying a smoother ride. The new bus is even larger with a total seating capacity of 18 and it is handicapped accessible. The suggested donation for transportation is $1 for seniors. If you are interested in participating in our ride program, please call 264-2167 for more details and the route information.

Nathan Trout had quite a crowd March 16 for his presentation on fall prevention. Nathan is popular with our seniors, since he gives great talks and has worked with several of them in his physical therapy practice. He covered exercises to strengthen your body so you won't fall over, and gave pointers to make your house safer. We have an information sheet that he gave us, if you would like to know about preventing falls.

Take note: starting April 1, Yoga in Motion class will be changed to 9:30 a.m., so it won't conflict with the basic computer class.

If you have a birthday in March, come join us for lunch on the 25th, as we will be serving birthday cake with our meal and Seniors Inc. has discounted your birthday meal to only $1. Let us know when you check in so you'll receive the discount.

We lost our massage therapist at the center, as Penny has relocated to Aspen. Does anyone want to take her place for an hour or so a couple of times a month? You need to bring your own table or chair, but you will receive a lot of love, as our seniors truly love this free service. Call 264-2167 for more details.

We'll be closing the Center at 1 p.m. Friday in observance of the Holy weekend holiday.

Do you want to go on a mystery trip?

Where are we going, you ask? That's the fun part - you won't know!

We'll tell you what to wear or bring and how long we'll be gone, but beyond that, you'll have to trust that we'll have fun. Membership to Seniors, Inc. is required, but it's only $3. Check the April Senior Newsletter for more details, and be sure to bring your sense of adventure! The newsletter is also available on-line at

The new computer class for seniors is being held in the community center's computer lab 10 a.m.-noon Tuesdays. The class has been focusing on computer basics. For future classes, the needs of those who attend will determine the format of the class. Please call Becky at 264-4152 for more information.

Be sure to attend the 9Health Fair at the high school 8 a.m.-noon April 2. We'll be there along with our Medicare counselors. Stop by and say hello.


Friday, March 25 - Qi Gong, 10 a.m.; celebrate March birthdays, noon; Center closes after lunch

Monday, March 28 - Medicare counseling, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.; Bridge for Fun, 1 p.m.

Tuesday, March 29 - Yoga in Motion, 10 a.m.; basic computer, 10:30

Wednesday, March 30 - Canasta, 1 p.m.

Friday, April 1 - Qi Gong, 10 a.m.; blood pressure check, 11; Veteran's benefits, noon

Saturday, April 2 - Don't forget to attend the 9Health Fair!


Friday, March 25 - Fish fillet, baked potatoes, carrot/raisin salad, muffin and sherbet

Monday, March 28 - Green chili stew, corn on the cob, lettuce/tomato, cornbread and apple slices

Tuesday, March 29 - Spaghetti and meatballs, zucchini, garlic roll and pineapple tidbits

Wednesday, March 30 - Chili dogs, tossed salad, rice walnut salad and orange wedges

Friday, April 1 - Roast turkey, mashed potatoes, green beans, citrus cup and roll

Veteran's Corner

Family Assistance Center ladies visit Pagosa

By Andy Fautheree

PREVIEW Columnist

I had the chance to meet recently with two ladies who have veterans' interests dear to their hearts.

Linda Mathews and Janna Schaefer work for the Family Assistance Center of the Colorado National Guard. They were down here to make our area aware of the opportunities and assistance available for veterans, veterans' families, active military persons, and families of active military persons.

All services

Mathews was quick to note that although they are associated to the Colorado National Guard, they work and serve all branches of the military service. They refer to it as "Families Helping Families" and they serve the entire southwest area of Colorado.

"The Family Assistance Center offers information, resources, assistance, support and guidance for all military families and anyone who is interested in assisting the soldiers and their families", according to the material they gave me.

Information here

I have on hand information and brochures for their services, all of which are free. One of the brochures gives numerous veteran center, veteran service offices, and special information and hotline agencies for veterans with addresses and phone numbers listed.

These ladies are also particularly interested in forming a "Blue Star Mothers of America" (BSM) group here in Pagosa Springs and Archuleta County. BSM is an organization of mothers (or fathers and family members) of a son or daughter who is serving, or has been honorably discharged from the Armed Forces of the United States. The purpose is to provide support and mutual assistance for those who are, or have been, coping with loved ones in the military or a veteran of military service.

Blue Star Mothers is a nonpartisan, nonpolitical organization. BSM does not support any political candidate nor do they endorse any religious organization.

BSM members display a banner in the window of a home with someone serving in the U.S. armed forces. The banner tradition reminds us all that this new war presently waged in the Middle East touches every neighborhood in our land.

Each blue star on the flag represents a service member on active duty. A gold star is displayed if a service member is killed in action or dies in service. If several stars are displayed in one family the gold star takes the honor of being place at the top of the blue star.

Call for information

Anyone interested in their services and assistance is encouraged to contact Linda Mathews or Janna Schaefer at 247-4167. It is also anticipated these two ladies will be participating in the 9Health Fair in Pagosa April 2.

9Health Fair

I will also be on hand at the 9Health Fair to assist all veterans with information and help with VA benefits. If you are a new veteran to the area please bring a copy of your DD214 military discharge papers. I can advise and assist you with your VA Health Care annual "Means Test" right at the Health Fair booth. For the Means Test you will need information on your adjusted gross income, out of pocket health care expenses, cash assets, property values other than your primary residence, and any other significant financial information for both veteran and spouse.


Don't forget to call or stop by my office with your VA health care appointments for the "Share-A-Ride" (SAR) program. Help a fellow veteran who may be going in the same direction to the same VA facility. Give me a call if you can provide transportation or need transportation. I will keep a calendar of who is going where to coordinate this important program.

Durango VA Clinic

The Durango VA Outpatient Clinic is at 400 S. Camino Del Rio, Suite G, Durango, CO 81301. Phone number is 247-2214. Albuquerque VAMC phone number is (800) 465-8262.

Further information

For information on these and other veterans' benefits please call or stop by the Archuleta County Veterans Service Office on the lower floor of the county courthouse. The office number is 264-8375.

Library News

Mini-library bringing back one-room facility memories

By Phyllis Wheaton

SUN Columnist

We are enjoying seeing many of our patrons and volunteers in the mini-library. It is beginning to feel like a second home.

Long-time Pagosa residents have said it reminds them of the days when the library was housed in one room at the old Town Hall where the bell tower now stands. A library without patrons is just a room full of books, so please come to see what we have to offer.

We are grateful to the many people in the community who have helped in so many ways to make this transition a smooth one.

It is exciting to see the changes to the library building. So many in the community have helped make it happen. For your safety and the safety of the workers, please do not enter the construction site.

Book drop

Patrons can place their books in the book drop just inside the street level entrance to the Humane Society Thrift Store during hours the Thrift Store is open. We do not have an "after hours" drop location. Thanks to Toby Rohwer for turning a toolbox into a book drop.

Spring arrives

The chipmunks and ground squirrels are out and gathering the seeds that returning migratory birds are scattering on my deck. Each time I walk, I see or hear different bird species in my neighborhood. I am grateful that the collection in the mini-library includes several bird and wildlife identification books.


Thanks to United Building Center of Pagosa Springs for donating materials and to Dusty Pierce, Jonathan Alford, and the Builder's Association of Pagosa Springs for building the new stairway.

In last week's column I thanked Dusty and the "San Juan Builder's Association" for improving the entrance from the alley to the mini library. I've heard many stories from the Decker family about San Juan Supply, which may explain my inadvertent renaming of the Builder's Association.


The parking spaces behind the mini-library are actually on Power House property. Barbara Fair and Power House have been quite gracious about allowing patrons to park in those slots while they visit the library. They even moved the bus and van that were parked in the area to allow more room.


Thanks to Vondra Doherty and Margaret Rouke for donating books.


Arts Line

Second Betty Slade oil workshop April 14-15

By Kayla Douglass

PREVIEW Columnist

This past week Betty Slade taught a two-day oil workshop for beginners. Participants included those who had never delved into the arts as well as students of other painting mediums.

With direction from Betty each student was able to finish or nearly complete a landscape oil painting in this class. Each of us chose our own subject matter from a large selection of landscape scenes Betty has collected over the years. The finished works varied from aspens on snow, to evergreens in autumn and even the red and purple rocks of the desert.

The second of these two-day workshops is scheduled April 14-15. However, we decided we couldn't wait a full month to get together to paint again, so Betty's agreed to do a one-day oil class April 8. Anyone who didn't attend last week, but would really like to try their hand at oil painting may sign up for this one day class. You will be amazed at what you can accomplish in one day with Betty's one-on-one instruction. The fee is $40 for PSAC members and $45 for nonmembers. The returning students receive an additional $5 discount. The class will be at the community center 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Those interested in attending may call the Arts Council at 264-5020. At sign-up you will receive a materials list. Inexpensive starter oil paint sets and supplies are available right here in Pagosa, so that's no excuse. Sign up today. You'll be glad you did.

More workshops

If you didn't attend the first workshop and would like to learn about or improve your oil painting, sign up for one or both of Betty's next two-day workshops.

The oil painting workshops will make use of the brush as well as the palette knife. The workshops will focus on the color wheel, on composition, and painting a landscape and Pagosa Peak. Betty is available to the students as needed to finish the paintings started during the workshop. Plans are to have a 2-week gallery showing this fall to showcase the works painted in the workshop

The workshops are two days each, 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. at the arts and crafts space in the community center.

Cost is $90 for non-PSAC members and $80 for PSAC members. A description of the classes follows and a supply list will be supplied upon registration.

April 14-15, The Nuts and Bolts of Oil Painting Two. In addition to critiquing the previous class homework assignment, students will begin a new painting.

May 12-13, Nuts and Bolts and more. This class will continue the work in progress and well as learn more in depth painting techniques and begin the final painting.

The students will be participating in their first gallery showing. A gallery exhibit will be scheduled this fall to celebrate the students' first oil paintings.

Each workshop may be independent of the whole, so if you can't attend both, then sign up for what will work for you.

Contact PSAC at 264-5020 to sign up for her workshops.

Updating directory

A Note from Victoria:

Dear members and artists,

We hope you have caught wind of all past, recent, and future events either through snail mail or e-mail, or even through the grapevine. We would like, though, to update our methods of contact as much as possible this year. Some of our mailing and e-mailing addresses are invalid (mostly email), and we would like to fix this ASAP in order to inform you of current and upcoming events. So, if you would, contact PSAC to update your information. Our phone number is 264-5020, and email is

Thank you very much!

Victoria Stanton,

PSAC Staff

DAC exhibits program

Applications are now available to artists wanting to participate in the Durango Arts Center's 2006 Group Exhibits Program.

The deadline for artists interested in submitting work for the 2006 Group Exhibits Program at the Durango Arts Center is April 1. The Durango Arts Center's exhibits committee will review portfolios by artists in any medium. Selected artists will be scheduled for an exhibit in the Barbara Conrad Gallery in 2006.

Applications are available at, can be picked up at the Durango Arts Center, or can be obtained by sending a self-addressed, stamped envelope to 2006 Group Exhibits Program, Durango Arts Center, 802 East 2nd Avenue, Durango, CO, 81301.

For more information call 259-2606.

Nature studies

We are busily planning for our fourth annual Earth Day Silent Auction Fundraiser April 22, and are starting to solicit donations.

Several times, after the auction the last few years, I have had someone say to me, "Oh, I have a friend who does an art or craft. I should have asked them for a donation." So, now is your chance to get in the door early!

Leigh's mom is making lap quilts. I'm putting together a package of homemade organic jams and maybe some bird houses. Lisa is donating a Venture snowboard. You get the idea.

If you or a friend who cares about children and outdoor education either makes nice arts or crafts, or has a product or service they are willing to donate (food for the auction, massage, landscaping services, use of a cabin in the mountains etc.) we'd love to hear about it. (If the item is small, we can always combine it with other items into a gift basket.) Think creatively! All donors will get recognition in promotional materials both before and during the event if the item is received by April 8. This is a nice way to support the community and promote a business at the same time.

We are also seeking a special individual or two who would like to really get involved and help us coordinate the event this year. We're looking for someone with the time and energy to jump in with both feet and help our board pull this event together. Once April 23 comes around though, they'd be done!

Thanks everyone, for understanding how important the work DNS does is to the children of this community and supporting our continued efforts.

PSAC Calendar

All PSAC classes and workshops are held in the arts and craft space at the community center, unless otherwise noted.

April 7 - Intermediate watercolor painting with Betty Slade 9 a.m.-3 p.m.; $35 for PSAC members, $40 for non-members

April 8 - Beginner and above oil painting with Betty Slade 9 a.m.-3 p.m.; $40 PSAC members, $45 non-members, $35 current students

April 14-15 - Oil Painting, "Nuts and Bolts Two", with Betty Slade, critiquing work from March Class and new paintings; $80 per student for PSAC members, $90 for non-members

April 23 - Drawing with Randall Davis , 9 a.m.-3 p.m. $35

April 20 - Watercolor Club, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

May 12-13 - Oil Painting, Nuts and Bolts & More, with Betty Slade, continuing work in progress and learning more painting techniques and beginning new paintings; $80 per student for PSAC members, $90 for non-members

PSAC supports all art activities in Pagosa. For inclusion in Arts line, send information to PSAC e-mail ( We would love to hear from you regarding suggestions for Arts line.


Food for Thought

What a creamy way to go ... or not

By Karl Isberg

PREVIEW Columnist

I read recently about Hunter Thompson's demise and memorial service.

Ate the business end of a gun.


The guy lived big and died large. Large caliber, anyway.

Morbid soul that I am, I begin thinking about suicide. Despite the seal of approval of Stoics, a significant part of the armed forces of the now defunct Japanese Empire and existentialists everywhere, the practice is seldom embraced. Especially by those who must live on after someone does the deed and, of course, by the loud chest puffers who crow about cowardice in order to camouflage their own weaknesses.

Me, I'm not willing to pass judgment, so I skip the moral considerations and dart directly to method. (Hey, there is very little on television worth watching; you gotta think about something.)

I pose the question: If I were inclined to do such a thing, how would I proceed?

I take a while, pondering the typical approaches. Let's see: auto exhaust? No, it would remind me of myriad awful road trips, stuck in the tent-like olive-drab canvas camper shell on the back of my Uncle Jack's Army surplus Dodge pickup, the exhaust venting directly into the enclosure where I huddled with my little brother and my obnoxious cousin, half-frozen and dazed by CO2.

Pharmaceuticals? Would I dream? And would the dream necessarily be pleasant? Perhaps it would be worse than the reality I so desperately sought to escape - something involving ham fat, Rottweilers and Hitler, for example.

Firearms, edged weapons? Nope, too messy.

So, I zip off into more creative terrain. A bungee jump with the anchor end of the cord in hand? I've bungee jumped and the ground rushes up mighty fast. Too fast, in fact. It's scary. Same problem with skydiving with no parachute. I wouldn't want to dispense with the old mortal coil with a full load of adrenaline pumping through my system.

Snake venom?

No way I'm doing a Cleopatra, letting a viper fang me about the neck and shoulders, I detest snakes.

Self-immolation? Whoa! And anyway, there's my aversion to contributing to global warming and, if I'm not wrong, the EPA frowns on the practice.

Standing in front of an oncoming train? With my luck it would be an AMTRAK train and I am no fan of nationalized transportation. I don't want to give AMTRAK any publicity when they're busy trying to keep their cars on the tracks.

I continue through a list and realize none of the familiar alternatives will do. In fact, for me, the act itself won't do. In its purest forms, it's not my cup of tea.

I opt for a slower form of controlled demise: death by dairy products.

Yep: I resolve that, in the unlikely event I get to the edge of the hill and want to take the trip down the slope I will eat myself to death, concentrating on high-fat dairy products.

Cream and cheese.

And some wine.

Maybe a lot of wine.

Thompson ended his life with a .45. It was fitting: The maniac was obsessed with firearms, renowned for owning an impressive arsenal and blasting away with abandon whenever the urge hit him.

Cream and cheese (and wine) is my .45.

And, the nice thing about this tack is I can practice until I feel crushing chest pains, and still have a pretty good chance to opt out of the Big Step.

So, practice I did, the night after I settled on the cream and cheese option.

Kathy was out of town and I had free rein in the kitchen; there was no need to pay heed to her ever-growing list of do's and don'ts - all, incidentally, geared to prolonging life.

My wife tries to avoid dairy products, she is averse to fungi. So, the primary ingredients were set.

I decided to produce a version of a mushroom gratin I read about while riding a recumbent bike at the recreation center. I was peddling away, moving the flab around at a 15 mph pace, imagining I was taking a trip to Gem Village, when I came upon a recipe involving morels, a ton of cream, butter (ah, the perfect "I'm slowly sealing my doom" ingredient) and Manchego - a delightful, somewhat salty Spanish cheese.

I careened through the market seeking the ingredients. As usual, my luck here in Siberia With a View was marginal. I found morels, dried, but they required a major league investment. I settled for a mess of cremini - baby portobellos.

Manchego? One of the nicest things about the recent expansion of our market is a specialty cheese section. I scanned the area and there it was, a sign touting Manchego. A problem: There was no Manchego placed beneath the colorful sign. I opted for a small wedge of an aged jack. I might as well have purchased a Kruggerand, the cheese was so expensive.

Fortunately, there was no problem when it came to finding the prime elements in my deadly melange. I purchased a carton of heavy cream and a pound of unsalted butter.

For laughs, I bought a small pack of ground chicken breast in a nod to the oft-stated claim that we need protein.


Right next door. I talked to my pal, Phil, the clerk at the liquor store, and he steered me to a new product in the inventory - a relatively inexpensive Australian shiraz. The label was cute, so I bought a bottle and took my goodies home.

Consider the gratin a science project - perhaps some junior high school student will want to use it, and improve it, at next year's science fair. We'll call it "Gratin de mort."

I cleaned the cremini then trimmed the tough end off the stems and quartered the mushrooms. I minced two large shallots and two large cloves of garlic. I chopped a wad of parsley.

Into a hot saute pan went some olive oil and butter and, when the fat was hot, in went the mushrooms. I cooked them until they gave up their moisture and started to caramelize. I turned down the heat a titch, popped in the shallots and, after a minute or two, in went the garlic. When all was nicely soft, I removed the fungus and vegetables, added a bit more olive oil to the pan and put in the ground chicken breast, crumbled and lightly seasoned with salt and freshly-ground black pepper. When the meat turned uniformly white, I added some thyme and splashed in some chicken broth. My secret ingredient: a dessert spoon of veal demi glace (I didn't make it myself; I bought the precious gel in Denver). When the liquid reduced, back in went the mushroom mix and cream to cover. A couple hunks of cold butter were swirled in and the mess was deposited in a buttered gratin dish and popped in a 375 oven for about a half hour. I took the dish out, layered the top of the bubbly goodness with thin slices of jack and popped the dish under the broiler until the cheese melted and began to brown.

In a salute to balance, I cooked some green peas as a side. I didn't eat a lot of them, but they looked nice.

Truth be told, the mix needed more cream - and not just to accomplish my hypothetical main mission. Also, if left somewhat soupy, it would be best served in a puff pastry shell.

I knocked off about half the bottle of shiraz and it was a fine little number - Phil was right and I'll buy more. But, the noble varietal, syrah, is a bit too heavy a load for the cream and butter express. I'm not going to succumb to the notion that a white would be best, so next time around, when I further modify the Karl Killer, I'll pop open a bottle of pinot noir - the red white wine.

This is the way to go.

Fortunately, I have a lot of time to write a farewell note but - oh, the irony - with cream and butter center stage, I can't claim I have no reason to stick around.

Extension Viewpoints

Pesticide applicator training date changed

By Bill Nobles

PREVIEW Columnist

Friday, March 25 - -Office closes at noon; deadline for seedling tree applications to NRCS;

Monday, March 28 - Foods - Unit 1 Project meeting at Methodist Church, 3:45 p.m.; Shooting Sports - Group A at Ski & Bow Rack, 4 p.m.; Sports Fishing Project meeting, 4:30 p.m.; Fair Royalty meeting, 6 p.m.

Tuesday, March 29 - Swine Project meeting, 6 p.m.; Lamb Project meeting, 7 p.m.

Thursday, March 31 - Office closed for County In-Service session

Friday, April 1 - Office Closed for County In-Service Entomology Project meeting, 2 p.m.; Colorado Mountaineers Club meeting, 2:15 p.m.; Goat Project meeting, 3 p.m.

Saturday, April 2 - National Wild Turkey Federation banquet

Check out all posted 4-H project and club meeting dates and community meetings at

There will be Private Pesticide Applicator Training 6:30 p.m. April 18 in the Extension Building.

Note, this is a change of date from a previous schedule.

This training is for those who want to purchase a restricted use applicator's license or for re-licensing. A $10 registration fee will be charged for the class. Please RSVP to the Extension Office at 264-2388 or e-mail us at

The Private Pesticide Applicator License is required of individuals who use or supervise the use of restricted-use pesticides on land in agriculture production that is owned, leased, or rented by them or their employer. This includes farm and ranch land, forestlands, nurseries, Christmas Trees, orchards and other properties on which agricultural crops or commodities are produced.

No license is needed if only general-use pesticides are used. Private pesticide applicators are required to maintain records of their applications of restricted-use pesticides.

To become certified as a private pesticide applicator, an individual must obtain a score of 70 percent or higher on the examination. Once an individual qualifies by becoming certified, he/she is entitled to become a licensed as a private pesticide applicator.

Pasture-alfalfa workshop

There will be an Irrigated Pasture and Alfalfa Management workshop April 5 at McGee Park in Farmington. As pasture and alfalfa continue to be a vital part of the agricultural economic base of the Four Corners area, new management ideas, insect and weed control can be integrated to increase your profit.

Plan to join us at this significant workshop in irrigated pastures and alfalfa management. The cost will be $10 if registered by March 31 and $15 after that date. Lunch and refreshments will be provided for those who attend. Colorado CEU's will also be offered for each presentation. Call the extension office for more information or log onto for a brochure.

Got cookie dough?

The Archuleta County 4-H clubs recently held their annual Cookie Dough fundraiser. For those of you who weren't able to order any cookie dough, the extension office has a few extra tubs of Chunky Chocolate Chip, Peanut Butter, Sugar, Oatmeal Raisin and White Chocolate Macadamia Nut. The extras will be sold on a first-come, first- served basis. Call the office at 264-5931 and see what's still left.

Seed potatoes

The Archuleta County Extension Office is now taking orders for seed potatoes. There are two kinds available, the Sangre (red potato) and the Yukon Gold (white potato). Currently we are charging 40 cents per pound for both species. Those of you who are just starting out and are experimenting, it is our suggestion that you order two or three pounds of each species instead of ordering a whole lot of them. This way you can experiment and see if you like them and then order more next year. When orders arrive at the Extension Office each person will be contacted to pick theirs up. If you are interested in ordering seed potatoes please call 264-2388, e-mail us at or stop by the Extension Office. Orders should be available the second week of May.

Trans fat: Keep it low

Add trans fats to the list of fats you need to watch out for on food labels. By Jan. 1, all food manufacturers will be required to include a new line on their Nutrition Facts labels listing grams of trans fat per serving. The trans fat information will be directly below the saturated fat information. Some manufacturers have already begun listing trans fat on labels; others are busily trying to modify formulations in an effort to minimize the amount of trans fat they'll need to report on their product labels.

What's the scoop on trans fat? What are trans fats and why are they added to food?

Trans fats are made when manufacturers add hydrogen to vegetable oils - a process called hydrogenation. The added hydrogen exerts a slight pull that rotates the fat chain, changing the configuration from what in chemistry is called "cis" to "trans" - thus the name trans fats. The process is done to improve the texture, flavor stability and shelf life of foods containing these fats.

Why are trans fats bad? Unlike unaltered mono and polyunsaturated fats, which do not adversely affect blood cholesterol, trans fats act like saturated fats by raising LDL ("bad") cholesterol. In addition, trans fats lower HDL ("good") cholesterol, actually making them worse for the body than saturated fat. Trans fats also appear to boost blood triglyceride levels and impair the ability of blood vessels to dilate, both of which increase the risk for heart disease. Research is underway to determine how much trans fat is too much. Until then, the current recommendation is "to keep trans fatty acid consumption as low as possible."

Trans fats in the diet. Although a few foods, including beef, pork, lamb, butter and milk, naturally contain small amounts of trans fats, most of the trans fat in our diet comes from processed foods made with partially hydrogenated vegetable oils. Common sources of partially hydrogenated vegetable oils include stick and some tub margarines, shortening, cake and biscuit mixes, soup mixes, cakes, cookies, donuts, pastries, and fried snack foods such as crackers, potato chips and corn chips.

Until January, when trans fats must be listed on all food labels, the only way to determine if a product contains trans fats is to read the list of ingredients. If the list includes the words "shortening," "partially hydrogenated vegetable oil" or "hydrogenated vegetable oil," the food contains trans fat. The higher the word is on the ingredient list, the greater proportion of trans fat contained in the product.

Even without trans fat labeling, you can estimate the amount of trans fat in a product from the Nutrition Facts label. Just note the amount of total fat, then add up the grams listed next to each individual fat. If the product lists hydrogenated oil in its list of ingredients, the missing grams are mostly trans fat.

Margarine vs. Butter. Always up for debate is whether choosing butter or margarine is healthier. Although margarines tend to contain more trans fat than butter, the total amount of trans and saturated fat found in most margarine is less than that found in butter. In addition to containing a large amount of saturated fat, butter also contains cholesterol. Therefore, most researchers still prefer margarines, particularly soft tub margarines in which liquid oils are the first ingredient.


Pagosa Lakes News

Rotary's study abroad scholarship application deadline slated April 29

By Ming Steen

SUN Columnist

The Pagosa Springs Rotary Club is actively inviting applicants for the various Rotary Foundation Ambassadorial Scholarships being awarded this summer for study abroad in 2006-2007/2008.

Specifically, current college students - undergraduate or graduate - who live in the area or whose families live in or around Pagosa Springs are encouraged to apply for the academic year Ambassadorial Scholarships. To date, one applicant in Rotary District 5470 (Colorado) sponsored by the Rotary Club of Telluride, was awarded an Ambassadorial Scholarship and studied law for a year at the University of Aix-en-Provence in Avignon, France several years ago.

Our own Rotary Club in Pagosa hopes to encourage others to take advantage of this opportunity under the sponsorship of the local club.

The Cultural Ambassadorial Scholarships are ideal avenues for working professionals to spend several months studying languages for use in everyday work, all expenses paid.

In addition, we are seeking applicants for the 2006-2008 Rotary World Peace Scholarship, available under the Rotary Foundation Program for world peace and understanding.

There are 70 World Peace Scholarships worldwide, specifically for two-year master's degree programs in academic pursuits relating to peace initiatives. The Rotary Centers for International Studies involve eight universities, including Duke University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia; University of California-Berkeley; University of Bradford, West Yorkshire, England; Universidad del Salvador, Buenos Aires, Argentina; Sciences Po, Paris, France; and International Christian University, Tokyo, Japan.

The scholarships, which are designed to further international understanding and goodwill, provide for study abroad in more than 160 countries where Rotary clubs are located. Some 1,300 scholarships of various types are made available from clubs worldwide each year (resulting in over $20 million in scholarships awarded anually worldwide).

During the studies abroad, Rotary Foundation Ambassadorial scholars act as "ambassadors of goodwill." Through appearances before Rotary clubs and districts, schools, civic orgnanizations and other forums, the scholars represent their homelands and work to further international understanding.

Academic Year Ambassadorial Scholarships are for one academic year abroad and provide funding for round-trip transportation, tuition and fees, room, board, some educational supplies and language training (if necessary), up to a maximum of $25,000 or its equivalent (not including support provided by local hosts and clubs during the term of the scholarships). These scholarships are generally awarded to college students for postgraduate studies.

Also available are Cultural Ambassadorial Scholarships which provide funding for three months of intensive language study and cultural immersion in another country, including transportation, tuition and home-stay expenses, up to a maximum of $13,000 (again, not including support provided by local hosts and clubs). These scholarships have most recently been granted to teachers, counselors and other professionals for training (commonly language) used in their careers in local areas (e.g. ESL and other related matters).

Rotary Foundation Ambassadorial Scholarships are not available to children or spouses of Rotarians. For more information and scholarship application forms, please visit and enter Ambassadorial Scholarships in the search box for applicant criteria. Application submission deadline is April 29, 2005 to District 5470 Scholarship Committee. Please contact me at 731-2051 for address details, interview schedule and interview location. Submission of candidate's application has to be done through the Pagosa Springs Rotary Club.

The applications are quite lengthy. The application requirements are extensive, including recommendation forms, language proficiency tests, etc. Interested candidates need to start immediately to allow maximum amount of time to properly complete their applications.

The Rotary Foundation Ambassadorial Scholarships program is the world's largest privately sponsored international scholarship program. Focused on humanitarian service, personal diplomacy and academic excellence, the program has sponsored more than 30,000 Rotary scholars abroad since it began in 1947.



Charley Leon Kelley Sr.

Charley Leon Kelley Sr. went home to be with the Lord on Wednesday, March 2, 2005, just 18 days before turning 58 years old.

He died at Mercy Medical Center in Durango after suffering a heart attack 12 days earlier at his home in Pagosa Springs.

Leon was born and raised in Florence, Texas and had worked for the Georgetown Police Department as well as the Williamson County Sheriff's Office. At the time of his death, he was supervisor at the Southern Ute Indian Reservation Correctional Facility.

He was also a great artist, both with a paint brush and by sculpting western scenes in wax before bronzing. His paintings and bronzes were inspired by his love of horses. He also helped with the family-owned candy store in Pagosa Springs.

He is survived by his wife, Donna; a son, Charles and his wife, Cimmarona; a daughter Laura Hagenbuch and her husband Brian; and one grandson, Daniel Hagenbuch, all of Pagosa Springs.

Survivors in Texas include his mother, Dorothy Kelley of Florence; two brothers, Tommy and wife Becky and Wayne (Hoss) and his wife, Melinda, all of Florence; and a sister, Sissy Brooks and husband Ed of Holland. He is also survived by a multitude of friends in both states. He was preceded in death by his father, Lee Kelley.

Leon never met a stranger; loved witnessing about his Lord and Savior; but also loved to host Texas friends and family. He was never too busy to be Colorado's greatest ambassador. He will be greatly missed.

A memorial service was held in Pagosa Springs March 5, 2005, after which the family traveled to Florence for a memorial service March 6 at Lawler Baptist Church.

Interment will be in the mountains of Colorado which he so clearly loved.


Business News
Chamber News

St. Patrick's is best in namesake parade

By Mary Jo Coulehan

Sun Columnist

It was a nice reprieve to enjoy the St. Patrick's Day Parade Thursday. Although Mother Nature tried to blow us out of the day, the participants prevailed and a fun event was had. Here are the results from the voting tallies.

The winner of the Best Float was St. Patrick's Episcopal Church. Leading off the parade, Rev. Robert Pope and his band of colorful and talented (can you believe the bagpiper?) constituents set the tone for the festivities. Coming in with the Most Green was the Archuleta County Fair and the Fair Royalty. I don't think there was a spot of any other color but green for their display. From the Royalty Attendants to the very green truck, to all the accessories, we got the impression that green was definitely the theme of the float. Winning the Most Bizarre was the Rotary Club and their green ribbon dragon. Those folks are never wanting in the creativity department. This dragon is a close second to the year they were the "bagpipers". Had to be there for that one! And last but not least is an honorable mention to Dennis Martinez for himself and the little cart of daffodils he was selling on behalf of the American Cancer Society.

Dennis has just done an amazing job selling daffodils for the organization this year. I know they appreciate all his efforts. Here are some more thank you's. To the judges: Kathy Holthus, Tom Richards, and Deanna Jaramillo all representing county or town government agencies; all the other participants: A-1 Pagosa Communications, the Lutheran School and Preschool, Jann Pitcher Real Estate, the Humane Society, Diane Pancost, the Pagosa Bandits Traveling Baseball Team, Sherry Neil, the Pagosa Women's Club, Super 8 Motel, Marcella's Preschool, Tom Gettig and his corvette, Royal Pines Ranch and their horses, and of course Ron Gustafson and his pointy shoes this year bringing up the rear.

Some of our own Chamber directors were riding in the green collector's series VW bug offered to us by Bob Sprague of Acres Green RV Park. We had fun. I hope you all did too and the children received enough pre-Easter candy.

Shocked by comments

Anyone who read the article about the Mary Fisher Clinic closing in the Durango Herald at the end of last week was probably shocked by my comments.

So was I!

Needless to say, I received just a few phone calls, most of them none too pleasant. "The rest of the story" is that I have sent a response to the editor at the Durango Herald as well as our own Pagosa SUN. I will say that Ms. Lisa Meerts-Brandsma, the reporter, did call me and apologize indicating that she did not intentionally twist my comments. I appreciate her communicating with me although the damage was already done. I will not belabor this incident and for more information you can read the response in the Letters to the Editor or give me a call. Having weathered this experience, I do want to thank Ms. Meerts-Brandsma for making the following comments I just read in a publication more poignant to me.

Secrets to Happiness:

- Be kind to people

- Be even kinder to unkind people

- Cultivate good manners

- Understand and accept that life isn't always fair

- Know when to say something

- Know when to keep your mouth shut

- Don't criticize anyone for 24 hours

- Learn from the past, plan for the future and live in the present

- Don't sweat the small stuff.

Thank you Lisa! My apologies to this community for even alluding to the impression that what happens here is of little concern to me.

More events

This is the last week you will be able to order your seedling trees and shrubs from the San Juan Conservation District for conservation planting. Give them a call at 731-3615 for your order which needs to be in by Friday.

Plan to attend the 9Health Fair on Saturday, April 2 at the high school. The Fair will be held 8 a.m.-noon with most of the tests being offered at no charge. There are some additional tests where a fee will be assessed. These include: A 31-component blood test for $30, a PSA test for you men for $25, and a Colo (Colon for short) Care Kit for $5. The Fair is prepared to take your check or cash, no credit cards please. You can call Sharee Grazda at 731-0666 should you need information on fasting requirements or any other questions.

On Wednesday, April 6 the Archuleta County Education Center will host their annual fund-raising luncheon. This year the program will be a two-part presentation. The first part will be the luncheon 11:45 a.m.-1 p.m. and will have as its key note speaker, Sue Hansen, motivator, psychologist, and humorist. She will then give a workshop 1:30 -3:30 p.m. on "Face the Fear and Make the Ask Š How to ask for and get the money". This workshop is designed for nonprofit executive directors, nonprofit boards and anyone involved in a volunteer organization that needs to raise funds to support their programs. The cost of the luncheon is a donation of $45 and the workshop is $25 unless you bought a luncheon ticket and then the cost is $20. The luncheon will again be held at the First Baptist Church on U.S. 160. I will be out of town, but I expect to hear lots of great reports about this seminar. For more information, please call Livia Lynch at the Education Center at 264-2835.

Remember we still have the food tub for the Curves 7th Annual Food Drive available here at the Chamber for your donations. If you can't make it to the Chamber, go to Curves on Navajo Trail Drive to leave off your nonperishable food items. As this organization tries to help replenish our local food banks, please help out by looking in your pantries or purchasing an item or two extra the next time that you are at the market. You have until the end of the month to contribute to these efforts. Please help them reach their goal of collecting over 1,800 pounds of food.

On Saturday, our compadres over in Creede are hosting an Easter egg hunt that will happen all over town! Now that's an Easter Egg Hunt! The hunt will start at 11 a.m. and last until about 12:30 p.m. What a way to entertain your family visiting and seeing some beautiful scenery. Give the Creede Chamber a call at (800) 327-2102 for more details.

As the ski season winds down, local youngsters and visitors alike can enjoy College Day at Wolf Creek on Sunday, March 27. With a valid college ID, tickets will just be $22. With great snow and great ticket prices, you just can't go wrong here in Pagosa.

New members

We have four new members this week and two of them are from out of the area. I occasionally get asked why we take out of town members. It is simple. These businesses do business in Pagosa and look to serve our constituents here. We are a reciprocal member of several surrounding chambers as well as being a member of the Colorado Chamber of Commerce Executives. We are a perfect location for people to complete day trips while still enjoying our own area, and we would like other chambers to refer people to this area as well and highlight all the many amenities that we have. So please join me in welcoming all these new members this week.

We start off with Mary Kruger and The Real Estate Book. This book highlights listings and advertising in the Southwest Colorado Real Estate market. If you are interested in more of what The Real Estate Book has to offer, give Mary a call at 759-3621.

Our other out-of-town new member is Peak Card Services. Peak offers sales and service of electronic credit card processing and equipment, electronic check and gift cards. I know they have been servicing the area for a while, so it is very nice to see them join the Chamber. Jeff Apperson in Durango and Natasha Galston, our traveling rep, look forward to assessing your credit card needs and rates. Interested businesses should contact them at 247-8729.

Another much added service to Pagosa and the Chamber is Pagosa Brat. This quarterly publication focuses on the child. Published by Cory Warden and Natalie Carpenter this Pagosa Springs magazine is published locally and contains resources and information for and about children and activities for local residents and visiting families. If you would like to advertise, submit information or have any questions, give Cory a call at 946-4050. We would like to thank Brian Fulbright with Fulbright Construction for referring Pagosa Brat to the Chamber. He will receive a free admission to the SunDowner of his choice.

The last new member this week is the associate member team of Richard and Melanie Kelley. Melanie is a very involved volunteer in this community. Let's see, think I can snag her to become a Diplomat? I know her husband Richard is gone from the area a lot, so Melanie must think that she needs to pick up his share of the community involvement. Anyway, thank you for supporting our efforts in the community. We really appreciate all you do.

Our renewals this week are no less stellar than the new members. We start off with Timothy Miller Custom Homes and, right by the downtown Subway is Mike and Martha McMullin with Monograms Plus. Also rejoining are Nanette Colaizzi with Pinon Park Campground and RV Resort in Arboles, Super 8 Motel and rounding out the renewals this week is the beautiful Canyon Crest Lodge above Martinez Canyon.

As spring break winds down, that is all for the chamber this week. I hope everyone enjoyed their time off and now we get to the stretch before the summer hits. We will be starting Chamber Diplomat training soon. I'll talk more about this next week, so check your busy summer schedules to see if you might want to spend a few hours a week here at the Chamber helping out our visitors and touting the praises of Pagosa.


Biz Briefs

Back Country Horsemen set annual

tack sale

Four Corners Back Country Horsemen will conduct their annual tack sale 9 a.m.-3 p.m. April 9 at La Plata County Fairgrounds in Durango.

Consignors may check in 10 a.m.-7 p.m. April 8. Commissions will be deducted only on consignment sales: 5 percent per trailer and $10 percent on other items.

Complimentary booth space is available for non-profits and commercial vendors.

Proceeds support work of the Horsemen on behalf of everyone who enjoys the use of our public lands.

Several horseman clinics will also be offered, along with on-site brand inspections (by appointment at 385-8454), and door prizes.

For more information or to reserve a free booth, call Laura at 259-6113 or Pete at 259-1581.


Charities chance to be listed in

federal campaign

The local Federal Coordinating Committee for the Southwest Colorado Combined Federal Campaign is seeking applications from eligible charitable agencies which wish to be listed in the 2005-2006 campaign directory.

Mission of the campaign is to support and to promote philanthropy through a program that is employee-focused, cost-efficient and effective in providing all federal employees the opportunity to improve quality of life for all.

The CFC is the only authorized solicitation of employees in the federal workplace on behalf of charitable organizations.

Applications may be obtained by contacting Sue Johnson-Erner at (970) 529-4612 or by e-mail at sue-_Johnson-


Biz Beat

ANIMAN Mobile Pet Bathing and Grooming Service

Chris Crump owns and operates ANIMAN Mobile Pet Bathing and Grooming Service. ANIMAN features at-your-door, year-round warm water bathing and grooming in a fully equipped and state-of-the-art vehicle.

Crump has worked as a veterinary technician and treats your animal with loving care.

Call for an appointment and the ANIMAN van will travel to your location. Call 731-9706 or 799-0856.



Cards of Thanks
Kelley family

The family of Leon Kelley would like to express our gratitude to all the people who gave such overwhelmingly of their love, support, gifts and food in our time of hardship and grief.

It would be impossible to name everyone in this note but you know who you are and this family will never forget. It reminds us of the reason we fell in love with Pagosa in the first place. Pagosa may have grown a lot since those days in the 80's, but the spirit of this town is still the same. May God bless all of you. Thank you again.

Donna Kelley,

Chuck and Cimarrona Kelley,

Brian, Laura and Daniel Hagenbuch


EMT jacket pride

The Upper San Juan EMT Association would like to express their appreciation to Larry Fisher, Berkey, and Jennifer of the Ski & Bow Rack for allowing the EMTs to purchase our new jackets. The jackets are worn by EMTs of Pagosa Springs with great pride in our community.


DISH donation

The Upper San Juan EMTs would like to express their appreciation to Lou Poma and Mary Jo Schilling for their gracious gift given each and every one of us. In January 2005, our DISH network link was paid up for the entire year. Each day or night, teams have been able to relax and enjoy this pleasure.


Candelaria family

The family of Regina Candelaria would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to all of you who worked so hard and made the passing of our mother easier to bear.

To mention only a few, for it would be impossible to name you all, we would like to thank the nurses and staff at Pine Ridge Extended Care Center for your care of our mother in the last months of her life; the members and friends of St. Peter/St. Rosa Catholic Church; we would also like to thank the Carmelites for their service, Eleanor, Edna and Geraldine for the wonderful music; and Father Carlos Alvarez for the beautiful Mass.

You will always be dear to our hearts and again, thank you. God has truly blessed us with a host of friends and we want to thank you all.


Laud The Den

We at Big Brothers Big Sisters of La Plata and Archuleta counties, send a huge thank you to Betty, Michael, and Kallen Elkins of The Den in Bayfield.

They were so kind in opening their doors to our Bowl For Kids' Sake fund-raiser. Without their hard work and welcomed assistance, this event would not have been so successful. We hope that everyone who had such fun last weekend at the Bowl For Kids' Sake event now takes advantage of this wonderful and fun local business.

Thank you again, Betty, Michael, and Kallen. Your hard work and dedication certainly helped us reach our goal and enables us to continue to help the children of Southwest Colorado. You guys ROCK!

The local organization thanks these Pagosa Springs businesses for prize donations: Agape Gifts, Curves for Women, Enzo's Catering, JJ's Upstream, Kid and Kaboodle, Community United Methodist Church, Moonlight Books, Mountain Snapshots, Pagosa Photography, Rainbow Gifts, Schmidt Chiropractic, and The Springs Resort. Lane sponsors were Allstate- The Hanosh Agency, Kiwanis and Piedra Automotive. Contributions came from Sunetha Management Services, the town of Pagosa Springs, Mayor Ross Aragon and Wells Fargo. Special thanks to the Key Club for helping raise funds and bowling with us.


Ambulance tires

The Upper San Juan Health Service District would like to express our sincere thanks to Ben Johnson of High Mesa Auto Sales. The gracious gift of six new tires for our ambulance was of great need and appreciated by all.




Zechariah Flaugh

Zechariah Flaugh was awarded the coveted Green Beret in March 3 ceremonies at Fort Bragg, N.C.

Zech continues training now as a member of a Special Forces detail in the U.S. Army.

Proud parents are Darwin and Lisa Flaugh of Pagosa Springs who ask that he be remembered in your prayers.


Charles Powell

Charles A. Powell has joined the United States Army under the Delayed Entry Program. The program gives young men and women the opportunity to delay entering active duty for up to one year.

The enlistment gives the new soldier the option to learn a new skill, travel and become eligible to receive as much as $50,000 toward a college education. After completion of basic military training, soldiers receive advanced individual training in their career job specialty prior to being assigned to their first permanent duty station.

Powell has reported to Fort Sill, Lawton, Okla., for basic training.

He is the son of Todd Powell of Canyon Drive, Pagosa Springs, and Tina M. Powell of West 4650 South, Washington Terrace, Utah.


Sports Page

14-run eighth gives Pirates tourney opener 22-8

By Richard Walter

Staff Writer

Pagosa's Pirates spotted Monument Valley (Utah) an 8-5 lead in an opening round game March 17 in the Bloomfield Invitational, tied it in the fifth and then scored 14 runs in the eighth to take the game running away.

The Pirates added some bash to the established 'race the bases' attack in the game, getting a 4-5 performance from Casey Hart, including a three-run homer.

Matt Gallegos and Jakob Reding each added a pair of doubles and the Pirates refused to lose.

Add to the offense a sparkling pitching performance in relief by senior Randy Molnar and you have the ingredients for victory.

Molnar came on to pitch the fifth through eighth innings, blanking the Utahans and striking out ten.

The opening game victory qualified the Pirates to advance to the second round to face Kirtland Central, 10-2 winners over Window Rock, Ariz.

But getting to that point proved a little tougher than Coach Charlie Gallegos had expected. The Pirates, in fact, trailed by one after the first inning and had to fight their way back.

Senior Levi Gill opened on the mound for the Pirates. The foes leadoff hitter, S. Loy, flied to right but T. Stupey singled. L. Wilson was out on a ground ball to short, the runner advancing. He scored on a wild pitch before Eddie Dick bounced to third for the third out.

The Pirate half of the first featured three strikeouts for Loy, with Josh Hoffman breaking the string with a single to right center after Cody Bahn fanned as the leadoff hitter.

Hoffman stole second but died there when both Karl Hujus and Reding fanned.

Monument Valley hiked the lead to 3-0 in the second with a walk to Osif, a single by Kinney, a passed ball allowing a run to score, a strikeout on which the runner advanced, another strikeout and runner advance and finally a passed ball allowing the score.

The Pirates cut the lead to 3-2 in their half of the second after Gill opened with a ground out to third

Casey Hart, playing as the designated hitter, doubled to left center and went to third when the third baseman mishandled the throw and Matt Gallegos then singled to right to drive him in.

Gallegos stole second, went to third as Avery Johnson struck out, and then scored on a centerfield error on a drive by Jim Guyton who subsequently was out at second.

Monument apparently liked having the lead and quickly struck to hike it with three runs in the third.

Loy led off with a double and scored when Stupey also doubled. Wilson reached on a Pirate error allowing Stupey to score. He then stole second and third before scoring on a sacrifice fly. Osif and Kinney both walked but Delmar and Long both fanned to end the uprising.

Pagosa's third featured a three-run rally opened with a leadoff walk to Hujus, a single by Reding, Gill fanning on a 3-2 count and Hart homering over the left field fence for three runs. Gallegos and Johnson both fanned to end the comeback with Monument leading 6-5.

Their fourth produced two more runs on three hits and gave them an 8-5 lead. The inning featured three singles, two walks, a strikeout and two infield outs.

Pagosa went quickly in their half of the inning, Guyton bouncing to first and Bahn and Hoffman both striking out.

Monument's first two hitters fanned in the fifth with Randy Molnar pitching for Pagosa. The next batter singled but was left on base when Loy bounced to second.

That set the stage for Pagosa to tie the contest in their half of the frame.

It started with Hujus doubling off the wall in right center. Reding followed with a double to plate Hujus. Gill struck out, Reding taking third. Gallegos doubled to drive him in and then scored on a single by Adam Trujillo, tying the score before Guyton struck out to end the inning.

Molnar fanned the first two batters in the sixth and got the third on a fly to right.

The Pirates got one runner in their half, Hoffman drawing a walk, but Hujus and Reding both flied out to leave him on base.

Monument's seventh was as quick, the first two batters out on infield balls and the third striking out.

Pagosa had a chance to avoid extra innings, but couldn't capitalize. After Gill grounded out to third, Hart was hit by a pitch. But Gallegos flied to left and Johnson bounced out.

But Molnar was in command.

He got Monument's firs two batters in the eighth on strikes and then retired Loy on a fly ball to center.

Stage set: Pirate rally ahead, a 14-run comeback on 10 hits.

It began with Guyton and Bahn reaching on singles Hoffman on a fielder's choice and Hujus on an error. After Reding fanned, Gill, Hart and Gallegos all singled, Johnson walked and Guyton singled. Bahn, up the second time in the inning, was hit by a pitch and Hoffman cleared the bags with a triple.

Hujus bounced to second but Reding doubled, Gill reached on an error and both Hart and Gallegos singled.

And Pagosa had come back, taken an extra inning and exploded for victory with a final score of 22-8.

17-run first inning paces Pirates to win over Kirtland

By Richard Walter

Staff Writer

After erupting for 14 runs in the first extra inning the day before Pagosa's Pirates decided not to wait so long Friday.

They scored 17 runs on 12 hits in the first inning en route to a 27-10 win over Kirtland Central in the Bloomfield Invitational Tournament, sending them into the championship match Saturday night against Bayfield.

With lefty Adam Trujillo on the mound for Pagosa, Kirtland's leadoff hitter fanned. Vince Aspaas walked, moved up on a single by Brandon Burnett then joined him in double steal. After D.J. Ford struck out, Aspaas scored on a muffed ground ball to short but Burnett, trying to score from second, was out on the play and Pagosa was down 1-0.

It did not last long. Before the inning was over Pagosa led 17-1 and the end was in sight.

The Pirate half opened with a Josh Hoffman single. Matt Gallegos reached on an error in center field and with runners on second and third, Kirtland's pitcher unleashed a wild pitch for the tying run.

That opened the floodgates. Karl Hujus singled, Casey Hart walked, Jakob Reding reached on a fielder's choice, Levi Gill, Cody Bahn and Travis Richey all singled.

Trujillo walked and Hoffman, Gallegos and Hujus singled in succession. Hart reached on an error and Reding struck out. Gill reached on an error and Bahn and Richey both doubled. Trujillo singled and Hoffman put the cap on the inning with a home run before Gallegos flied to left to end the bloodletting.

Kirtland's second opened with Matt Moon reaching on an error. But a fly to center, a strikeout, a walk and a ground out to short halted the possible threat.

Pagosa added three more runs in the second, with Hujus, Hart and Reding all singling to open it. Gill was out on a fly to left but Bahn was hit by a pitch and Richey reached on an error.

Trujillo popped to short, but Hoffman singled. Gallegos popped to the pitcher but Hujus reached on an outfield error before Jim Guyton, batting for Hart, fanned to end the inning.

Pagosa's third was more of the same.

Hujus and Hart singled ahead of a home run by Reding. Gill was hit by a pitch and Bahn and Richey both walked. Trujillo struck out but Hujus' drive to right was misplayed, clearing the bases before Guyton fanned to end the frame.

Kirtland, however, started to fight back.

Aspaas and Burnett were both hit by pitches ahead of a home run by Ford. Chris Medina singled and Moon doubled ahead of another double by Eric Jewelhorse. Andreas Young hit into a double play and Caleb Elliot fanned to stop the Kirtland rally at five runs.

Pagosa added a final run on the fourth on Reding's second home run of the game.

Kirtland then answered with four runs that made the final score 27-10 in a game ended by the mercy ruling and a time limit.

That set up an all Colorado Intermountain League final Saturday night with Pagosa and Bayfield slated to play for the tourney title.

Bayfield had advanced by beating Denver Manual in the tourney opener and then downing homestanding Bloomfield 14-8.

 Pirates fall to Bayfield 7-1 in tourney championship

By Richard Walter

Staff Writer

Traditional Intermountain League foes Pagosa Springs and Bayfield put their baseball records to an out-of-state test Saturday night and this time Bayfield was the winner.

The two Colorado squads clashed for the Bloomfield (N.M.) Invitational Tournament championship after each had dispatched with alacrity two teams from other states.

The Pagosans, who came into the game having scored 49 runs in their first two games, had to know Bayfield would slash that production statistic.

And the Wolverines, always playing all the angles, knew Pagosa had to cool off from the torrid pace it had been keeping.

Pirate coach Charlie Gallegos went to first-time starter southpaw Travis Marshall and Bayfield countered with veteran lefty Cody Moore.

The Wolverines went mildly in their half of the first with Cody Tinnin bouncing back to Marshall on a bunt attempt, Jason Cathcart fanning, and Clay Rampone out on a fly to left.

The Pirates quickly got the offense going in the bottom of the frame, Josh Hoffman leading things off with a single to left on a 3-2 pitch.

Levi Gill struck out and Karl Hujus grounded to first moving Hoffman to second. When Casey Hart drew a full-count walk, the Pirates had Jakob Reding, who had homered twice in the preceding game, striding to the plate.

But the junior catcher went down swinging and the rally died with the last swing .

Moore struck out to open the second for Bayfield as rain began to fall lightly and the temperature began to dive.

The Wolverines' first baseman, Dan Byrd, drew a walk and advanced a base on an overthrow by Marshall on a pickoff attempt. He stayed there as catcher Eric Yarena bounced back to Marshall for an out and Pirate hopes buoyed for getting out of the inning unscathed.

But Jacob Posey, after swinging and missing badly on two pitches, caught a high outside fastball and rode it down the right field line for a two-out triple, Byrd scoring to give Bayfield a 1-0 lead.

Marshall then got Lee Ramsire on strikes to douse the fire.

Pagosa got the run back in their half of the inning, in something of a parallel effort.

Matt Gallegos drew an inning-opening walk but was picked off first by Moore.

But Travis Richey followed with a triple to right almost in the same spot as Posey's. Then, with freshman second-baseman Cody Bahn at the plate, Richie faked a steal of home and when Moore hurried the pitch it was wild, allowing Richie to score and tie the game.

Bahn fanned but Marshall followed with a double to the left field corner and Pagosa appeared ready to launch another offensive barrage. But before it could happen, Moore caught Marshall leaning and picked him off second.

Marshall fanned the first two Bayfield hitters, Simon Van Abbama and Tinnin to open the third but surrendered a double to center by Cathcart.

He moved to third on the first of two passed balls by Reding behind the plate during a walk to Rampone.

Moore also worked Marshall for a walk but with two runners on and a run in, Gill leaped high for Byrd's liner toward left and Pagosa was out of the inning trailing just 2-1.

Hoffman was hit by a pitch to open Pagosa's third, advanced on a perfect sacrifice bunt by Gill and moved up on a wild pitch by Moore.

The suddenly silent power bats of Hujus and Hart, however, could not plate the tying run, both going down on strikes.

Then came the disastrous inning for Marshall as the Wolverines batted around after two were out.

Yarina flied to center and Posey struck out before the roof caved in.

Ramsire reached on a infield single hit slowly between the mound and third. Van Abbama was hit by a pitch and Tinnin reached on an error on the throw from third on a ground ball, Ramsire scoring. Cathcart doubled to center driving a pair and Coach Gallegos summoned Randy Molnar from the bullpen to replace Marshall on the hill. Rampone drew a walk and Moore reached on a fielding error by Molnar before he got out of the inning when Byrd grounded into a fielder's choice.

Pagosa's fourth was over almost before it started. Reding bounced back to Moore for one out and Gallegos and Richey both fanned.

Yarina opened Bayfield's fifth striking out but had to be thrown out by Reding who dropped the third strike. Posey drew a walk from Molnar but was out at second when Ramsire hit into a fielder's choice. He, too, was out at second when Van Abbama followed suit.

Bahn opened Pagosa's fifth with a line-shot single to left but was left at first as Marshall and Hoffman fanned and Gill bounced out to the pitcher.

Bayfield got another run in the sixth after Tinnin struck out to open the frame against Marshall, back in the game. Cathcart singled to left but Rampone was out. Moore singled to right to score Cathcart before Byrd flied to center.

Pagosa had a hit in their half, a double to left center by Reding after Hujus popped to second and Hart fanned. But Gallegos struck out and the rally was ended.

The Wolverines added an insurance run in the seventh, again after two were out, Yarina and Posey both fanning. Ramsire doubled and a pinch hitter drew a walk.Tinnin singled to drive in Ramsire before Cathcart flied to center.

Richey opened Pagosa's second grounding to first and Bahn grounded to short for the second out.

Avery Johnson, batting for the pitcher, lined a single to left and Pagosa sensed a last-minute comeback when Hoffman also singled and the Pirates had runners at first and third. Gill fanned, however, and Bayfield had a 7-1 victory and the tournament title.

Bayfield's seven runs came on seven hits; Pagosa's lone marker on five hits.

"We just couldn't get the big hit when it counted tonight," said coach Gallegos. "But we saw some things we will work on before we face Bayfield again in league play. They're a good team, but so are we. It will be a tough league this year."

 Kickers scare No. 10 Telluride; lose 3-1

By Richard Walter

Staff Writer

Tenth-ranked Telluride took a 2-0 lead into the second half against Pagosa Friday and then had to hang on for dear life as the Pirates stormed them offensively before losing 3-1.

Had it not been for a couple of bad breaks, the Pagosa kickers had every opportunity to pull off the upset in their first Southwest Mountain League game of the year.

Coach Lindsey Kurt-Mason, commenting after the game, said "this team just needs to learn it can control the ball and can score against the good teams. We're beginning to develop a sense of self-confidence."

For both squads, it was play on a neutral field in Cortez, because neither had a playable field available at home. Telluride, in fact, had six inches of new snow that morning.

The first of the unlucky breaks Kurt-Mason made reference to came at 17:34 when Telluride scored on a circle loop off a line set on a corner kick.

Well, in fact, Telluride got credit for the goal but it went into the net after careening off the hip of Pirate defender Laurel Reinhardt.

She was covering the breaking attacker when the inlet kick curved, hit her and in careened at an odd angle past Pirate keeper Laci Jones.

The first actual shot on goal in the contest had come at 6:40 when a Miner blast up the middle was over Jones outstretched hand , but off the crossbar.

Then, just 13 seconds later following a Pirate turnover on a muffed outlet pass, Jones came way out of net to stop a point-blank effort by Telluride's Paloma Wodehouse.

The Pirates had a chance at 11:49 when Caitlyn Jewell's somersault throw-in was right on target for an attacking Reinhardt but her shot was speared by Miner keeper Genna Kirsch.

Three minutes, 14 seconds later, it was Jones' turn to shine again, diving to her left for a ground-hugger from Telluride's Traci Ranta.

Reinhardt's bid for a goal on a penalty kick from 25 yards was stopped at 18:50 and Jones made two fine saves before, at 31:08, Telluride's Wodehouse scored on the second bad break for the Pirates.

Moving out of their own zone, the Pirates lost the ball when it slashed wildly to the defender's left and Jones was left alone in a one-on-one breakaway that made the score 2-0 for Telluride.

Jones was up to the next two Miner attacks, making stops on both Wodehouse and Lily Colter before the half ended.

At the break, Kurt-Mason told his squad they had performed well, but needed to complete their attacks. "We get inside and then pull off," he said. "I want to see chances capitalized on. I want offensive coordination."

Just 1:08 into the second half, however, Pagosa gave up the ball again and Ranta made them pay with a blast past Jones.

For all practical purposes, that was the end of the Miner offense as Pagosa turned into a free-wheeling attack vehicle, time and again driving defenders off the ball and setting patterned offensive maneuvers.

And Jones was up to fill every chink in the Pirate defense with stops on Wodehouse, and three times on Breanna St. Onge.

The Pirates, meanwhile, shook Reinhardt free on a give-and-go with Emmy Smith but she missed high right. Ashley Portnell's bid for her first varsity goal was snared by Kirsch, and Emmy Smith was stopped on a shot off the left wing as she broke containment from her deep defensive assignment and raced the length of the field for the shot.

Finally, at 72:45, Pagosa broke the Miner defense with a chip from the left wing into the middle by Lexi Johnson which Kailey Smith turned into a goal with a left-footer in stride.

As the game wore on, Pagosa was stopped two more times on open drives, one by Iris Frye that Kirsch got just enough of to tip the ball outside the corner post; the other on a booming 3-foot high liner by Allison Laverty that Kirsh fumbled, but finally recovered.

That was the last shot on goal in the game as teams fought the clock for possession in midfield.

For Pagosa, it was a comeback from a 10-0 mercy ruling defeat at the hands of the Cortez varsity the week before. For Telluride, it was the second victory of the season, the first a 4-1 win over the Cortez junior varsity.

After the game, Kurt-Mason said "there's new hope in this young group. They saw what serious play can do. The goal was a picture-perfect play and it made them realize they can score."

Now, he said, "we have to work on correcting passing in the lanes and a few defensive lapses that allowed Telluride shots that were just too good."

He was particularly pleased by the play of Reinhardt, Jewell, both Smiths, Frye, Jones in goal, and couldn't say enough about the efforts of young players Laverty and Portnell.

"They showed what it means to give everything you have for the betterment of the team," he said. "And that's what it's all about ... team is the name of the game."

Pagosa is scheduled to return to action April 1 with a non-league 4 p.m. encounter at home against Salida in Golden Peaks Stadium, ground conditions permitting.

Jones stopped 10 of 13 Telluride shots; Kirsch hauled down 7 of 8 Pirate efforts. Two more Pagosa shots were wide of goal.

Three Pirates, two Ladies win all-IML honors

Pagosa Springs High School basketball teams had the Players of the Year for both boys and girls in the 2004-05 campaign.

Both Bri Scott for the Lady Pirates and Caleb Forrest for the Pirates were selected as Players of the Year by opposing coaches in the Class 3A Intermountain League.

In addition, boys coach Jim Shaffer was named the IML Coach of the Year after taking the Pirates to a third place state finish.

They were not the only Pirates honored by the league.

Senior center Caitlyn Jewell was also a first-team selection for the girls as were senior Otis Rand and junior Craig Schutz for the boys.

Pagosa's Lori Walkup was a second team selection for girls.

Junior guard Liza Kelley and junior forward Casey Schutz were honorable mention selections.

Other selections for first team all-conference honors for girls were Resa Espinosa and Janette McCarroll of Centauri and Mary Beth Miles of Monte Vista.

Rounding out the boys first team selections were Kyle Guilliams of Bayfield and Estevan Armenta of Centauri.

James Canaday of Monte Vista was chosen girls' coach of the year for the IML.

 Golden woman, New York man fastest in fun races

A woman from Golden and a man from New York had the fastest times Saturday in the seventh fun race of the season at Wolf Creek Ski Area.

Topping the lists were Elizabeth Clavette, clocked at 24.63 seconds in the division for girls 18-20; and Phill Muirhead of Lake Plaza, N.Y., who raced down the slope in 22.23 in the division for men 21-25.

Following Clavette were Karlie White of Tulsa, Okla., in 48.25 and Kristina Davis of Tulsa in 1:04.70.

Other top finishers for women were Micheel Dedrill of Fort Collins in 26.24, Lory Martin of Tulsa in 29.71 and Calie Martin of Tulsa at 33.30 in the division for women 21-25.

The Clavette name appeared again in the division for women 41-50 with Julia of Golden winning in 25.59. She was followed by Sheryl Hardy of Monte Vista in 28.74 and Cathy Wilson of Monte Vista in 48.48.

Poppy Osekarage of Sante Fe ran 28.53 in the group for women 51-60 and Pat Morgan (no home listed) hit 30.39 for women over 60.

On the male side, Ethan Crock of Crested Butte clocked 33.83, running on the division for boys 6-8. In the 9-11 division it was Myles Evans of South Fork hitting 29.94 to beat out Boe Wilson of Monte Vista who recorded a run of 38.39.

Branson Manzanares of Del Norte captured boys' 12-14 with a run of 26.38. He was followed by Cameron Poteet of Waco, Texas in 34.94 and Ansal Bodoson of Santa Fe in 36.44.

Brandon Poteet of Waco captured boys' 15-17 honors with 23.922, closely followed by Paul Muirhead of Pagosa Springs in 24.47 and Alex Clavette of Golden in 25.04.

Johnathon Sabo of Tulsa captured honors in boys' 18-20 with a run of 25.88. Right behind were Brian Manzanares of Del Norte in 26 flat and Spencer White of Tulsa in 28.99.

Kevin House of Denver, with a run of 25.24 topped mens' 25-30.

In the 41-50 bracket the top time was 23.25 by Brian Clavette of Golden with Steve Otto of Vail second at 24.39 and Calvert Martin of Enid, Okla, third in 29.37.

Mike Evans of South Fork was first in the bracket for men 51-60, with a time of 23.90. Wayne Marley of Albuquerque was second in 24.23 and Berry Muirhead of Crested Butte right behind in 24.31.

In the competition for men over 60, Ron Chacey of Pagosa Springs was first in 25.26; Bryant Lemon of Pagosa second in 25.84 and Wayne Odom of Santa Fe third in 30.41.

 Deadline April 1 for Ross tourney entries

By Richard Walter

Staff Writer

A decade of scholarship-supporting basketball in memory of two outstanding high school athletes will be marked April 14-16 with the 10th annual Dirk and Colt Ross Memorial Basketball Tournament.

All proceeds go to a scholarship fund to benefit youngsters in Pagosa Springs.

As in the past, tough competition is expected in three divisions: Open, 6-foot and under, and 35 and over.

And, as usual, college competitors are expected.

Team entry fee will be $250 with a 10-player maximum for each team entry for the double elimination format.

All games will be played in the two gymnasiums at Pagosa Springs Junior High School, with certified referees from across the Four Corners area calling the games.

A $125 nonrefundable deposit is payable by April 1 for the first 30 teams to qualify.

Prizes will be awarded for first- through fourth-place teams, and all-tournament team, tournament most valuable player, Mr. Defense, Mr. Hustle, slam dunk contest and 3-point shootout competition.

There also will be door prizes for lucky fans.

T-shirts, jackets, bags and hooded sweatshirts will be available for all players and for public purchase.

For more information, contact Troy Ross at 264-5265, by fax at 264-2123, or write to PO Box 727, Pagosa Springs, CO 81147.

Pagosa Springs Recreation
The Inventory of Success for athletes

By Myles Gabel

SUN Columnist

An athlete becomes what their thoughts dwell upon. They become what they plant in their minds.

Planting the goal of success in their mind is one of the athlete's most important personal responsibilities in achieving success. Their motivation must come from within, through their own efforts. No one can do this for them.

Steps in an Athlete's Personal Motivation:

1. Establish specific measurable goals within your reach. Record them on paper and review them daily;

2. Use positive imagination; imagine yourself as having achieved your goals;

3. Identify all the barriers between yourself and your goals;

4. Develop a specific, realistic, step-by-step plan of action to overcome each obstacle between yourself and your goals;

5. Establish sensible deadlines for the execution of your step-by-step action plan;

6. Develop a burning desire and determination to achieve your goals through execution of your action plan, regardless of criticism of others;

7. Never recognize the possibility of ultimate defeat. Practice positive thinking. Reject negative people or anyone adverse to your success-directed purpose;

8. Keep yourself on target by daily reviewing your recorded goals, your action-plan for goal attainment, and your deadlines for step-by-step accomplishment.

A great athlete is a precious rarity. In order to win, their toughest battle is always within their own minds. If an athlete can dream of victory and imagine success, than they will become motivated to succeed.

Remember these sayingsŠ "Progress begins a step at a time." "There is no sudden leap to greatness." "Success lies in doing what it takes to succeed day by day." "The upward reach comes from working carefully and well." "Good work done little by little becomes a great work." "The house of success is built brick by brick."

Baseball sign-ups

Sign-ups for our 6-7 year-old coach-pitch and 8-14 baseball leagues began on March 21 and will continue until April 8. Don't wait until the last minute to sign your child up for baseball.

Registration material is available at Town Hall. Cost for the program is $25 with all participants keeping their Major League Baseball replica uniform and hat. Make checks payable to: Town of Pagosa Springs. Don't be left out. Sign up early and beat the crowds.

Adult soccer

Adult soccer league is back! This is an adult coed recreational league starting play in mid-April. All interested players should come to a 6 p.m. meeting Monday, April 4 in the community center. For more information, call 264-4151, Ext. 232.


All tee ball participants have been placed on teams and will be practicing during Spring Break. Schedules will be available by today. The first games will be played the week of March 28 at the community center. If you signed up for tee-ball and have not received a call from your coach or the recreation department, please call Tom Carosello, sports coordinator or Myles Gabel, recreation superintendent at 264-4151, Ext. 232.

Women's basketball

We are still accepting players in our adult women's basketball league. If you are interested in playing in this league please contact the department as soon as possible or come to the junior high school Monday nights at 5:45 p.m. to sign up. You must be at least 16 or a sophomore in high school to be eligible for this league.

Sports hotline

Information concerning the Pagosa Springs Recreation Department may be found by calling the Pagosa Springs Sports Hotline at 264-6658 or log on to and go to the Parks and Recreation link. All schedules and upcoming events are updated every Monday morning.

Hiring officials

The Pagosa Springs Recreation Department continues to seek individuals interested in officiating youth and adult basketball, youth baseball and/or adult softball. High School students may apply. Compensation is $10 - $25 per game depending on age group and experience. Call immediately if interested!

For any questions, concerns or additional information about any of the Pagosa Springs Recreation Department adult or youth sports programs, please contact me at 264-4151, Ext. 232.


Pagosa Springs Parks
Pagosa Skyrocket gets new attention as rarest state plant

By Jim Miller

SUN Columnist

A meeting was held at the CSU Extension office at the Archuleta County Fairgrounds March 7 to discuss the most endangered wildflower in Colorado, the Pagosa Skyrocket, or Ipomopsis Polyatha.

According to the Colorado Native Plant Society, the Pagosa Skyrocket is endemic to our area, and its growth seems to be excelled by road cuts, or disturbing the terrain in Mancos Shale rich area or soil.

In attendance as presenters or guests interested in the rare plant were: Peggy Lyon (Colorado Natural Heritage Program), Ellen Mayo (U.S. Fish and Wildlife), Dave Anderson (CNHP), Jeff Peterson, (CDOT), Emmy Greer (local 4-H member), Southern Ute Tribe, LPEA, Town of Pagosa Springs, Archuleta County, Denver Botanical Garden, Natural Resources Conservation Service, San Juan National Forest, The Nature Conservancy, and Colorado Rare Plant Technical Committee.

Emmy Greer presented an entomological survey of the rare plants pollinators, along with David G. Anderson of the Colorado Natural Heritage Program.

Charlie King took members of the group outside the Extension Building, along the road cuts in U.S. 84 South, and pointed out a number of basal rosettes of the biennial plant growing in the right-of-way.

Knowing that Pagosa Country is home for the rarest plant in our state is very exciting; we all agreed to preserve this special plant while doing our weekly clean-up and maintenance.

We are also available to show the rare plant to individuals or groups wishing to learn more about the "Pagosa Skyrocket." Please feel free to call Jim Miller, (Pagosa Springs Parks Superintendent) Town of Pagosa Springs, at 264-4151, Ext. 233.

Advisory board

The monthly meeting for the Pagosa Springs Parks and Recreation Advisory board was held on March 16.

Agenda items included:

- Kahle Charles resignation;

- Alamosa Tower negotiations - the Town of Pagosa Springs has agreed in principal with the AT Inc. to ground space lease for $10,000 plus an additional $20,000 per year for 25 years, and the ability to lease more ground space and co-locate locations for another four receiver sites so the town can continue revenue-earning abilities on the same pole;

- carvings in Town Park are complete. Please come by and see the beautiful results;

- sports complex update;

- tee-ball, adult basketball, and introduction of new employee Tom Carosello

- river update; a thank you letter is being sent to Davey Pitcher from the advisory board thanking him for his donation of workers and equipment to help jump start the San Juan River project;

- discussion of the possibility of time capsules to replace plaques in all our parks. It seems like we need to find a way to commemorate all volunteers, donors and benefactors and time capsules seem like a great way to acknowledge the people of our community, with very little maintenance or chance of vandalism.

Problems: some easy, some not

Some random musings as spring makes its appearance in Pagosa Country. The first observation centers on a tragedy - a lens through which we can see a problem that grows worse with each passing day and whose solution will be extraordinarily difficult.

A truck left the highway on Wolf Creek Pass March 12; two passengers were killed, five hospitalized and the remainder of the 22 occupants of the vehicle were jailed.

They were heading for points east of Colorado. They were Mexican nationals, allegedly in the country illegally. It is not unusual to have vehicles pass through our community on U.S. 160, heading to other parts of the country, taking the route in order to avoid more difficult passages to the south. A checkpoint established on the highway in Pagosa Country would, no doubt, discover numerous vehicles packed with illegal aliens, many of them large trucks and vans transporting alarming numbers of persons.

The problem highlighted by the recent event is the absolute need to seal our borders. We do not buy into the tired saw that the majority of illegals entering the U.S. over our southern border are here to engage in criminal activities and sap our resources. We believe most are people who - like many of our presumably legal immigrant ancestors - are here to work, to earn money they cannot earn in their homeland and use it to support themselves and their families. There are certainly jobs here for them to do.

To note that this country could have done so much more in the past to ensure our neighbors had a vital and productive economy is to beat a dead horse. To urge that we create a viable bracero program, providing legal worker status to those individuals who are willing to do much of the work U.S. citizens no longer want, is a legitimate point to make. We need to create a more efficient program that allows entry and employment to documented workers, who then pay taxes and support the services they engage. Then, we need to slam the border door shut, at any cost - make it nearly impossible to cross into this nation illegally. To say we cannot do it is to surrender to a future in which the numbers of illegal residents swell and, along with them arrive all manner of other folks, politically primed and eager to do us real harm.

Another thought: while there are problems like our porous borders and illegal immigration that are complex and difficult to solve, there are also problems whose solutions require little thought.

Such a problem is highlighted by the current uproar about the addition of fluoride to Pagosa Area Water and Sanitation District drinking water. It pays here to cut to the quick, to dismiss the meaningless arguments about science. It is a political situation and a political decision for the board of directors. (As it was a political decision back in the early 1960s when members of the right-wing John Birch society trumpeted the idea that fluoride added to drinking water was a Communist plot). It's possible a solution to the problem can rest on a basis as simple as this: If your task is to deliver treated water to customers, requiring removal of harmful organisms before delivery, why take upon yourself to add anything not directly related to that charge? If a significant number of your constituents do not want to be exposed to an additive that is not part of the purification process - whether or not people agree with scientific evidence concerning the additive - and customers who want to use that additive can obtain it over the counter or from another source, why continue with its use?

The bottom line with fluoride: One can obtain it, without a prescription, easily and cheaply in toothpaste and from dentists. When a problem is this easy to solve, why hesitate?

Karl Isberg


Pacing Pagosa

Beware the mountain's peril

By Richard Walter

Staff Writer

Ongoing projects have made Wolf Creek Pass a far cry from what it was when I was a child, but still it is a dangerous challenge if you are unfamiliar with its nuances, don't obey the road advisory signage, or are driving a vehicle unsafe for mountain driving.

Two serious crashes in the last two weeks are signals that we need to increase driver awareness of the pass as a silent threat.

While the ski season is ending and hundreds of cars daily will not be making the trip to the slopes, hundreds more will be crossing the divide on summer vacations, weekend outings, and in commerce delivering the lifeblood materials needed in our growing community.

It is easy to be teased into a sense of calm, lured by the beauty of the area, to take your eyes from the road; to fall victim to the out-of-state traffic that seems to be unaware the mountain has speed limits, curves, and a history of claiming its due.

In a recent return trip from a sports engagement in the San Luis Valley, I found the pass engulfed in a serious late winter storm, driving winds blowing snow across the roadway and plows working mightily to keep the road open through the night.

With most of the other traffic, I approached the pass cautiously as I have hundreds of times before, carefully staying below posted speeds and watching for oncoming traffic.

Imagine my surprise when an extended cab, extended bed pickup with Texas plates roared past me like there was no snow, then passed several other vehicles hell bent for his destiny.

He almost found it on the overlook above West Fork and the valley. When I reached the overlook he was sideways up against the safety railing and you could see the skid marks where he lost control.

The new highway is wider than that of old, it is in better surface condition, but danger still lurks on every curve. The signage is there for a reason: Slow down, keep in low gear if driving a truck, observe reverse and S-curve signs. In short, drive like you want to go on living.

Last Thursday a truck loaded with lumber overturned on the curve above the overlook and on the way up to the scene I was passed by two SUVs loaded with skiers bound for a spring break outing on the slopes.

In both cases, however, the vehicles were passing me in no-passing zones, on curves with double-yellow striping and far in excess of posted speed limits. And I'm not picking on the state, but both vehicles had Texas license plates.

In fact, I'm beginning to believe my earlier feelings that New Mexico drivers are the nation's worst, may have been too hasty. Texans may have overtaken them for pure highway ignorance.

I once rode over the much narrower and steeper pass on the hood of a mail truck pointing out to the nearly storm-blinded driver where the sides of the road were.

That was sheer stupidity, but we made it, thanks to a bus going the same direction with overhead spots delineating roadway.

People need to be aware of driving within limits of the existing conditions, of bending to the whim of the lords of the pass.

The mountain is always in control.


90 years ago

Taken from The Pagosa Springs SUN files of Mar. 26, 1915

Joseph Kyle, father of Hugh and John, arrived last week from Tennessee and, with a younger son, will remain indefinitely. He is an old Confederate soldier and looks as though he is still able to go through another siege of those shell-shattered days of '61-'64.

Marcelino O. Archuleta was arrested Saturday by Ranger Joseph Thane for the killing of a deer out of season. The defendant plead guilty and was sentenced to ten days in jail or a fine of $50. He is serving out his fine.

The Schonefeld millinery store carries the best corset made for every age and figure - the famous Nemo.

Miss Olive Williamson will commence teaching a six months' term of school in the O'Neal Park district May 4th.

75 years ago

Taken from SUN files of Mar. 14, 1930

Due to the illness of Ray, one of the Seniors' best basketball players, the high school tournament has been again postponed till a later date.

Harry Sharp has entered into a lease with M.J. Wicklem and will take possession of Wick's garage on San Juan Street. He is installing new equipment and has also secured the Ford agency, the first shipment of cars being expected next week. The garage will be operated under the name of the Sharp Auto Co.

Our readers are invited to tune in on KFEL broadcasting station of Denver at 6:30 Monday evening and listen to the Kolorok program, which is put on by the Colorado Natural Remedy Association, a Pagosa Springs concern.

 50 years ago

Taken from SUN files of Mar. 25, 1955

One of the greatest basketball teams to ever don the Black and Gold of Pagosa Springs high school has hung up its sneakers and knee guards and picked their spikes and mitts to prepare to defend their San Juan Basin baseball title. The season opener is against the Aztec Tigers on the first of April, and, with the recent snows and the resulting mud, there won't be much chance for practice. However, the boys are in excellent physical condition and should be in top form with a few hard practice sessions.

The weather this past week hardly indicated that Monday was the first official day of Spring. There was some snow in town over the weekend. After the snow, the mercury took a sharp dip and it was plenty chilly for a couple of nights.

25 years ago

Taken from SUN files of Mar. 27, 1980

A relatively small crowd met Monday to discuss and consider a proposed improvement and revitalization plan for Pagosa Springs. The meeting, called by the Town Board, was to answer questions concerning the proposal, to consider future actions, and to discuss the matter. It was explained that at this point the town does have a concept for a possible downtown improvement program that covers the main business block and that application has been made for a study to determine costs and define work to be done. After discussing the matter, those present agreed that a citizens committee of property owners, lessees or renters, other citizens, town manager and a town board member should be appointed to determine what, if any, further action should be taken.


Autumn creates a little spring

By Erin Quirk

Staff Writer

On Sunday - the snowy, first day of spring - fashion-savvy women of Pagosa Springs gathered at Isabel's restaurant, shedding their heavy jackets and scarves to try the latest offering from local clothing designer Autumn Teneyl.

The Autumn Teneyl clothing line is a celebration of the winsome female form. Slim, bare midriffs and figure-hugging pants are playfully paired with breezy silhouettes of skirts and wraps. So even if spring didn't really arrive Sunday afternoon, at least Autumn Teneyl Designs brought a hint of it.

Autumn Teneyl herself is 28 years old and a self-avowed ski bum. When she came to Pagosa Springs in the 90's, skiing was the priority, but in 1999 a car accident sidelined her.

With a broken arm and a little bit of money she got from the insurance settlement, Teneyl started sewing. Now, six years later, she travels all over the United States designing, marketing, and selling her successful clothing line. The petite, soft-spoken designer said her business tripled last year and she expects it to do it again this year.

"I realized at music festivals people wanted to buy my clothes off my body," Teneyl said. "I wanted to make things I wanted to wear and people wanted to buy them."

Teneyl and her fashion designer Jen Tuggle hosted a trunk show Sunday at Isabel's. Teneyl said she and Tuggle do about four such shows a month, anywhere from California to Texas and next month they'll head to North Carolina. Sunday was an opportunity for the many women in Pagosa, who have supported Teneyl over the years, to see the latest collection.

"Pagosa does need a little style," said local baker Lisa Miranda as she strutted by wearing what Teneyl calls a Z-Mama Wrap - a short, asymmetric wrap skirt worn over jeans or another skirt. Teneyl said she names her designs for people and this one was named for her mother.

The clothes, made of brushed microfiber and four-way stretch, are purposely designed to be soft and stretchy yet sexy and slimming at the same time. They are often layered and perfect for women who love to dance because they stretch and move. Lindsey Webster, who attended the trunk show, said that whenever she wears them, women stop her on the street and ask where she got them.

"I think they're awesome and beautiful and elegant and they're great for pregnancy," said Webster, a Pagosa Springs mother of two, who has been wearing Autumn Teneyl Designs for years.

"She bought my stuff when I was sewing out of my bedroom," Teneyl said about Webster.

Teneyl and Tuggle now work out of their home in South Fork. Tuggle said they moved from Pagosa Springs to their current location because it is cheaper, closer to the ski area and there are fewer distractions. The pair took on a seamstress in Pagosa Springs a year ago, but the business has grown so much that they are now planning to move all their manufacturing to Denver. Teneyl said there was a time when she would be sewing up to an hour before a show. She is happy now to just be on the design and traveling end.

The trunk shows, like the one Sunday, keep the pair traveling to high-end health clubs and private homes all over the United States. Anywhere women gather in numbers is a good spot for Autumn Teneyl, and their largest market is found at summer music festivals. However, the two women are beginning to feel the weight of all that traveling and have begun looking for a sales staff to market Autumn Teneyl Designs at festivals around the country. That approach will allow them time to expand their presence in the retail market. Already a few stores in Santa Fe, Breckenridge, Vail and Austin, Texas, carry Autumn Teneyl designs.

As a designer, Teneyl said she has always bought thrift store clothes and never wanted to buy something off the rack. She feels her designs - some of which are layered and soft or chic and bright - reflect that.

She said all her new designs start with the fabric, which usually comes from Los Angeles or San Francisco in the form of designer seconds. Teneyl decides on its best use and she sews until something "looks good" on her." Then Tuggle steps in and tweaks the design. Once the design is solid, the two go to work on sizing. Tuggle and Teneyl agreed sizing is the difficult part.

The two women said their long-time friends in Pagosa Springs, who come in all shapes and sizes, help a lot in sizing of their lines. Autumn Teneyl clothing is designed to make all women look and feel beautiful no matter their shape, and the two women put in a lot of effort to that end. The lines range in size from two to twelve.

"I just like to see certain lines on women's bodies, feminine lines," Teneyl said.

Caitlin McCann, the tall, slim bass player in the San Juan River Jug Band, which entertained at the trunk show, tried on a few Autumn Teneyl dresses.

"I love to dance and I love wearing her clothes at festivals," McCann said. "They're great to twirl in and they make you feel good about yourself."

Antonio Madrid, Isabel's head waiter and self-titled fashion critic, agreed calling Autumn Teneyl Designs "Colorado chic" and "grounded flash."

Half artist, half entrepreneur, Teneyl said that the business has grown to the point where they have trouble keeping up. Tuggle said the pair "work their butts off" but have managed to take the business step by step to keep the rest of their lives intact.

Both women would like the business to continue growing but Teneyl said "I don't want it to be so big that its out of my hands," but she hopes the business gets large enough where she can provide a good living for herself and her staff. She feels that clothing design is her gift and she plans to keep pursuing it.

To see Autumn Teneyl Designs on line visit

 Weather spotter training classes

set; here April 6

National Weather Service weather spotter trainings have been scheduled this month in Pagosa Springs, Durango and Cortez.

The Basic Weather Spotter training class (being provided April 4 in Cortez, April 5 in Durango, and April 6 in Pagosa Springs) is a prerequisite class for advanced training.

The April 7 Advanced Weather Spotter training will be the first advanced class ever presented in southwest Colorado.

As always, these classes are provided as a free service to anyone with an interest in weather, as well as those who would like to become a volunteer weather spotter for the National Weather Service.

The April 6 Pagosa session will be 6:30-8:30 p.m. in the Search and Rescue building at Stevens Field.

The April 7 Advanced Weather Spotter Training, 6:30-8:30 p.m., will be at La Plata County Fairgrounds in Durango.

Note: Participants should take a Basic Spotter Training class as a prerequisite.

 Red Cross sets emergency responder

training course

The American Red Cross is holding an Emergency Responder Training Course beginning April 9. This program is based on the latest advances in first aid and CPR.

The curriculum meets and exceeds 1995 U.S. Department of Transportation First Responder: National Standard Curriculum as well as Emergency Cardiovascular Care 2000 Guidelines.

The course will be held in Durango. Call the Red Cross office at 259-5383 for additional details and to register.

Home schooling conference set

in Grand Junction

A Western Slope Home Schooling Conference will be held April 15 in Mesa County Fairgrounds, Grand Junction.

Cost is $35 per family with registration set 8 a.m. and workshops following 9 a.m.-5 p.m. An evening session with limited seating will be 6-9 p.m.

For more information contact Melissa at (970) 858-9679.

Pagosa's Past
A 1916 auto tour of Wolf Creek Pass

By John M. Motter

SUN Columnist

A visitor to Pagosa Country in 1916 would have seen far more people traveling by horse and buggy than by automobile. Automobiles had yet to revolutionize travel and even life itself in the United States.

Change was in the air, however. Wolf Creek Pass would open in 1916. Several Pagosa families had autos. The problem was, roads were so bad - no paved highways - that travel from town to town by auto was nearly impossible.

The Hersch family solved that problem by shipping their auto to Santa Fe by railroad. The month was February. They rode on the same train, a daily visitor to Pagosa Spring during those years. Once in the sunnier clime of Santa Fe, the Hersch family could motor around the South. They planned to return to Pagosa Springs by way of Wolf Creek Pass later that summer. Let's listen to Myrtle Hersch tell her story.

"At that time there were none of the luxury motels as of today, so we carried a complete line of camping equipment with us for comfortable living either inside or out in the wide open spaces. We did little real camping - like the motels better. Tent setting we found difficult for soft hands, so took the easier way, and kept our overnight bags easily within reach.

On our return (after about 6,000 miles of traveling about the South) we spent some time in Denver where we bought a new seven-passenger Cadillac V-8 car while the Chalmers was being painted and reconditioned. Joseph went into the Cadillac garage and worked and became quite an expert at placing cars, tire changing, greasing, and what have you. At that time there were not the rules and regulations for drivers that we have now.

"The report came that the pass (Wolf Creek Pass, opened for the first time) would be opened shortly, so we started on our way home - David and Marguerite in the Chalmers and Joseph and I in the Cadillac following.

"When we reached the Decker Creek work camp, high up on the mountainside above the present Decker Creek bridge, we found my sister and her two teen-age sons, Eugene and George Hatcher already camped. They were returning from a trip through the Ozarks and were also waiting to cross the pass. The highway engineer informed us it would be a few more days, as heavy rock work delayed their progress. What were a few more days with a semi-permanent camp, good fishing, best of cold mountain water, and big spruce trees about? Besides, it gave us a chance to really try our equipment.

"On July 26th, a messenger came to tell us the engineer would come at ten o'clock the next morning to line us up for the trip over. By this time, two more cars had joined us. We were to break camp and put our tops down, because of protruding rocks over the road. There were no hard topped cars then. During the night we had a regular downpour of rain. A very difficult task packing up in the mud. Clouds hung heavy over the mountains, but we were all ready to roll on time. The engineer started Mr. and Mrs. Vandenburg in front in a Ford roadster, then Mr. and Mrs. Goodnight of Monte Vista in a Buick, the Hatchers in a Velie, third in line, then the Chalmers and Cadillac last, as the heavier cars might mess up the road for the other cars - to use his words.

While in camp, David and I walked down the narrow steep grade to the open flats below, and even when dry it looked rather hazardous as it was only a few inches wider than the camp wagon tracks. A wall of rock on one side, and straight down on the other; but the engineer assured us it was all right, for it was well packed, but for us to not drive too close together to make room for possibilities."

More next week from Myrtle Hersch describing the first auto trip across Wolf Creek Pass.


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Snow and rain forecast into weekend

By Tom Carosello

Staff Writer

Spring arrived Sunday, but perhaps Old Man Winter didn't get the memo.

As a result, continued snowy weather is expected across Pagosa Country for the next few days.

According to reports provided by the National Weather Service office in Grand Junction, a 40-percent chance for snow, breezy conditions and mostly cloudy skies are forecast for today and tonight.

Daytime temperatures are expected to reach the mid-30s to lower 40s, and evening lows should settle into the 20s.

Overcast skies, southwest winds at 10-15 mph and a 60-percent chance for rain and snow are expected Friday. Highs should hit the lower 40s, lows should dip into the teens.

The weekend forecast calls for mostly-cloudy skies and a lesser chance for scattered showers; highs should reach the 40s Saturday, then climb into the low 50s Sunday. Lows are predicted to slide into the upper teens to low 20s each day.

Monday calls for fewer clouds, highs in the 50s and lows in the 20s.

Mostly-sunny skies are in the forecasts for Tuesday and Wednesday, with highs expected in the 50s and lows predicted in the 30s.

The average high temperature last week in Pagosa Springs was 44 degrees. The average low was 16. Moisture totals for the week, measured as snow, amounted to just under a half inch.

Wolf Creek Ski Area, which will be open through Sunday, April 3, reports a summit snow depth of 162 inches, a midway depth of 142 inches and year-to-date total snowfall of 414 inches.

For daily updates on snow and road conditions at the ski area, visit the Web at

The Colorado Avalanche Information Center reports the current avalanche danger in the southern San Juan Mountains is "considerable" to "high" near and above timberline, and "moderate" to "considerable" below timberline.

According to SNOTEL data, the snowpack level for the Upper San Juan Basin, as of Wednesday afternoon, was 154 percent of average.

San Juan River flow statistics for the past week were unavailable at press time due to recent restoration projects.

The river's historic median flow for the week of March 24 is approximately 160 cubic feet per second.